Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded Hewlett-Packard in 1939. The company's first product, built in a Palo Alto garage, was an audio oscillator—an electronic test instrument used by sound engineers. One of Hewlett-Packard's first customers was Walt Disney Studios, which purchased eight oscillators to develop and test an innovative sound system for the movie Fantasia.
Hewlett-Packard is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. They explore how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. They apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way their customers live and work.
No other company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as Hewlett-Packard. They provide infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. They offer consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps them match the right products, services and solutions to their customers' specific needs.