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IBM is merging laptop and desktop divisions, creating a Personal Computing Devices group.

This group will handle the NetVista desktop line, the ThinkPad notebook range, plus all design, development and logistics for 'personal computing' devices.

Its basically an admission that customers don't think there's that much difference between buying notebooks and desktops. And IBM can cut costs by sharing development, especially if the market really moves towards LCD monitors for desktops.

The move also creates a beefy PC operation, which looked a little thin after IBM moved its Intel server business out of its PC division, in February.

Fran O'Sullivan, who ran the notebook business, will head the Personal Computing Devices group. Desktop boss Harry Nichols becomes VP of cost management, large enterprises. ®

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