Apart from the many synergies (including cost advantages) that might be lost if H.P. abandoned the PC division, the move would seem to undo years of strategy. The status of the PC division had been under constant review during the Hurd regime. But as one former H.P. executive told me, “We considered getting rid of PCs — for about two seconds.” It’s true that the PC business has lower margins — currently 5.8 percent compared with the rest of the company’s average of 11 percent. But given H.P.’s sales and marketing channels, the huge PC division was considered the foundation that supported servers, storage, software and eventually services, enabling H.P. to compete across the $150 billion infrastructure market as the world’s largest computer company.