Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) or HP is an American multinational hardware and software corporation headquartered in Palo Alto,
California, United States. It provides products, technologies,
software, solutions and services to consumers, small- and medium-sized
businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the
government, health and education sectors.
The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by William (Bill) Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard. HP is the world's leading PC manufacturer.
It specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage,
and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services.
Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise, and
industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products,
software and a diverse range of printers, and other imaging products.
HP markets its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses
and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution,
consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and
major technology vendors. HP also has strong services and consulting
business around its products and partner products.