Despite recent growth in the PC industry, which saw HP back on top as the world's number-1 PC maker, HP is keenly aware of the great challenges it faces in today's global marketplace. Today, Bloomberg reports via unnamed sources that HP is considering a plan that could result in layoffs of up to 25,000 of its current employees. That amount of job cuts would represent eight percent of HP's total worldwide workforce of 324,600.
The report claims that a large amount of the job cuts at HP could come from its enterprise services division. The story says that between 10,000 and 15,000 employees from that division could be laid off, adding that several thousand HP workers will be offered early retirement packages. So far HP has not confirmed or denied this report.
The company is still trying to recover after a crappy 2011, when it saw its HP TouchPad tablet device, powered by webOS, bomb in sales. HP stopped making the tablets about a month after they were launched and soon afterward the company's CEO Leo Apotheker resigned. Former eBay head Meg Whitman was brought in as HP's new CEO and President.
HP will likely focus on developing products running on Windows 8 to reinvigorate its sales performance. The company has already announced plans to make tablets based on Windows 8. We posted up a rough render of such a Windows 8 tablet a few weeks ago.