No more VAIOs: Sony sells PC business to JIP, to focus on phones, tablets and TVs

No more VAIOs: Sony sells PC business to JIP, to focus on phones, tablets and TVs
End of an era, folks, as Sony just announced it is selling the Vaio computer business to Japan Industrial Partners. The beautifully designed VAIOs have been a loss-maker for the company for a while now, including the newer ones, like the thinnest Win 8 tablet, Vaio Tap 11, so Sony decided to get rid of that business. 

This comes hot on the heels of an ex-Sony exec revealing how Steve Jobs was once waiting for him at the end of a golf course, and offering Sony to be the only other company besides Apple to offer computers with Mac OS, since Jobs loved Sony designs. Everything was geared towards Windows machines, however, the guy said no, and the rest is history.

On the bright side, Sony getting rid of the PC business is precisely so that the company can focus on smartphones and tablets, as well as on its TV line, so hopefully we will get screen panels with better viewing angles in the next Sony flagships. 

We kid, but divesting the Vaio brand is truly the end of an era in PC-land, and a sign of the times. The move comes with the typical restructuring, layoffs, and shuffling of manpower, but the actual price of the deal is not disclosed. Sony's Spring 2014 lineup will be the last VAIOs to come out of the company, and afterwards JIP will only sell the gear in Japan, unless there is demand in other regions.

source: Sony


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