Compaq's iPaq PocketPC development team seems to be so unhappy with the upcoming merger with Hewlett-Packard, they have en masse offered their services to the highest bidder on the online job search site The Vault.
Under the headline "iPaq PPC Engineering Team for Hire", the "core iPaq engineering team" says it is "seeking new opportunities and want to design the next winning PPC for your company. This team is responsible for the original iPaq and other designs that are yet to be released. Our team will vault your company ahead of its competitors.
"Our experienced team has all the most current supplier business connections and overseas connections needed to get you quickly into business and to quickly gain market share. Yes, we know what the future market trends will be and we are experienced integrating features into PPC that provide value to our customers. We solve our customers problems with our solutions for both the consumer and commercial markets."
We can't say we're entirely surprised, though. HP and Compaq are both involved PocketPC development is something both are involved in, so clearly one is for the chop when the two companies come together - assuming, of course, their respective shareholders let them.
We'd have thought the merged company would be better off keeping the Compaq team, thanks to its familiarity with the StrongARM processor that HP has only just signed up to use and the fact that the Big Q's PDAs are way better - visually at the very least - than HP's Jornadas. Maybe the iPaq team (or some of 'em, at least) feel the axe is going to fall in its direction.
According to the team, "only fully funded companies need respond" and it only wants to hear "serious inquiries". ®
The Vault: iPAQ PPC Engineering Team for Hire