Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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In April, HP inked an agreement to buy Palm for $1.2 billion in cash, a deal finalized by July 1. HP has talked about expanding the Palm OS beyond the phone, perhaps using the operating system in netbooks, tablets, and other hardware. In October, HP unveiled webOS 2.0, crammed with many new features such as enhanced multitasking support, a renamed and reinvigorated Just Type function, and new developer tools. On the hardware side, HP took the wraps off the Palm Pre 2, sold through Verizon Wireless in the United States.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.