HP has just announced that it’s acquiring Palm to the tune of $1.2 billion, which works out to $5.70 per share of Palm common stock. The deal is planned to close by July 31, which marks the end of HP’s third fiscal quarter of the year. Current Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is “expected to remain with the company,” though it’s not said in what capacity. HERE is the press release.
“Smartphones are a part of the equation but this is really about the Web operating system,” Shane Robison, HP’s chief strategy and technology officer, told Forbes. “It’s a change in our business model to a connected device model.” HP, he said, is assuming a world in which almost everything needs at least the potential to connect to the Internet.