Microsoft has been seen wining and dining the maker of printer ink, which is more expensive than blood.
Sauces say that the pair have been working out a winning strategy to make money out of cloud based computing when no one really knows what it is or really cares.
The press release which came out of the meeting talks a lot about something called an “extended partnership”, which is handy because Steve could do with extensions.
However it appears that the Mighty Microsoft Machine needs HP to provide stack integration and a check of $250 million over the next three years.
The press release says Ballmer’s vision will eliminate complexities of IT management, automate existing manual processes, lower costs and bring about peace in our lunchtime.
Next up HP and Microsoft will design an engineering roadmap to build data management machines. The Roadmap will point the way to “converged, pre-packaged application solutions”, “comprehensive virtualization offerings”, integrated management tools and any Happy Eaters on the way.