Last night while dining out I reached over for the Heinz ketchup bottle knowing that the ketchup should be thick, rich, and tasty. I base this expectation on the fact that I have eaten Heinz ketchup before and I know from my previous experience that Heinz produces one of the better tomato-based products on the market.

So, while my expectations for the ketchup were met, it sparked a conversation between my wife and I regarding HP computers. Strange, I must admit, but for the past few months, HP has been going through a period in which we consumers are unsure what to expect when we open the HP “bottle” of personal computers. The question then becomes: Are we, as consumers, going to get a watered-down experience that tastes like vinegar, or something that will be rich and satisfying? And will the company provide support for its products, whether they be software or hardware related?

One must ask if the HP tablet that was purchased last week will remain a viable device for many years to come, or will it magically turn into a brick overnight?

Some of these questions arose when HP stunned the public by announcing that the company was getting out of the PC business followed by its decision to immediately put its HP TouchPad on a fire sale. For those of you who are loyal HP customer and clients, I would imagine that the news was devastating. However, it must have been even more confusing to these loyal consumers when HP attempted to backpedal to the extent that it even changed the captain of the ship by putting Meg Whitman in control. But the question remains: can we, the crew, trust that the ship we are sailing on will be up-righted and brought back on course, or are we sailing on the sister ship of the Titanic and headed for disaster? One can only hope that the new skipper will be able to navigate the rough waters ahead and get HP safely to shore as she promises to keep HP in the personal computing and tablet business.

Ms. Whitman further states that the future of HP will include a tablet using Windows 8 and that no decision has been made on the future of webOS, but an answer is expected soon from the team that is addressing the problem. Sounds promising, but will it be enough?

I believe that Ms. Whitman has the right idea and that this new direction back to personal computers will be enough to get HP back into the ball game and that we may see an HP tablet running Windows 8 in our immediate future.