Sony Announces Intent to Sell Its VAIO PC Business to JIP

Sony Announces Intent to Sell Its VAIO PC Business to JIP

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Sony has announced that it intends to sell its PC business currently operating under the VAIO brand to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP).

According to the company, it wants to concentrate on mobiles and tablets; rather than traditional PCs. Here's the announcement:

Following a comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony's overall business portfolio and strategy, the need for continued support of Sony's valued VAIO customers, and future employment opportunities for personnel involved in the VAIO business, the Company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution. Sony and JIP will now proceed with due diligence and negotiate detailed terms and conditions of the business transfer, targeting the conclusion of a definitive agreement by the end of March 2014. Following reevaluation of the product lineup, the new company is expected initially to concentrate on sales of consumer and corporate PCs in the Japanese market and seek to optimize its sales channels and scale of operations, while evaluating possible further geographic expansion.

As a part of the business transfer to JIP, Sony will cease planning, design and development of PC products. Manufacturing and sales will also be discontinued after the Spring 2014 lineup to be launched globally. Even after Sony withdraws from the PC market, Sony customers will continue to receive aftercare customer services. Approximately 250 to 300 Sony Corporation and Sony EMCS Corporation employees involved in PC operations, including planning, design, development, manufacturing and sales, are expected to be hired by the new company established by JIP. Sony will also explore opportunities for other employees to be transferred to other businesses within the Sony Group. For employees of Sony Corporation and Sony EMCS Corporation that are not hired by the new company or transferred within the Sony Group, Sony plans to also offer an early retirement support program to assist their reemployment outside of the Sony Group.

Sony's VAIO computers have generally been recognized as a quality PC product. In fact, a recent report revealed that Steve Jobs wanted them to run Mac OS X.

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Sony Announces Intent to Sell Its VAIO PC Business to JIP

Swapnesh(sony lover) - February 6, 2014 at 9:02pm
I have recently bought a laptop of sony vaio and also have extended my what shall I get all its benefit?
AtariBaby - February 7, 2014 at 5:42am
Well this is either good news or bad news: Vaio has never had in-house warranty support. They have always outsourced it. So you're probably going to get the same support, but it was never going to be anything like in-house like you get at Dell for Business. And if you had bought an extended warranty as Samsung or Lenovo, you'd be waiting 3 to 4 weeks to get your computer back. Either don't get an extended warranty, or get a carte blanche one from Best Buy or Square Trade.
Dill Gates - February 6, 2014 at 5:20pm
Sony is good for TV and console, fck everything else. Note that they copied brothers brawl since they made battle royale.
son of y - February 6, 2014 at 10:50am
i don't own anything that is sony branded
sonyhater - February 6, 2014 at 10:32am
Goodbye Sony. Noone will miss you...