|Re: HP Prime|
Message #9 Posted by Eric Smith on 18 Apr 2013, 7:31 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Tim Wessman
With all due respect, "unannounced" is not the same thing as "hoax".
I've never worked for HP, but at most companies the preferred way for employees to deal with customers asking about or talking about unannounced (or nonexistent) products is to not reply at all, or to reply that the company doesn't comment on unannounced products, and/or to refer the people to the company's PR department. In other words, to neither confirm nor deny. Certainly not to claim that it is a hoax. In the past, when HP Corvallis Division employees did this, it was famously known as the "HP Blank Stare".
On the other hand, Steve Jobs at Apple publicly lied about the supposed nonexistence of various products prior to their release, such as the iPhone and iPad. I'm not sure what advantage he thought Apple gained by his lying, but as a rank-and-file employee of a company, I wouldn't publicly lie about anything about the company without having been told to do so by my manager, and confirmed by the HR department and the legal department. Far better to just say nothing.
Edited: 18 Apr 2013, 7:34 p.m.