When Microsoft announced it was pulling the plug on its Itanium support
earlier this year, I wondered whether there was any pushback from HP, a long-time Itanium backer. But given this week’s turn of events — with HP buying Palm and rumors that HP might not come to market with its Windows 7 slate
— many industry watchers are wondering whether the long-time Microsoft-HP love affair has gone sour.
Microsoft and HP aren’t going public with any “he said/she said” details, so it’s hard to know for sure. But let’s look at what we do and don’t know, at this point.