High-tech giant Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) is buying Compaq Computer Corp., one of the top three computer makers in the school field, for about $25 billion, HP announced on Sept. 3. The blockbuster merger should intensify the competition for Apple and Dell, which have led education sales in recent months.

Compaq officials say that although Hewlett-Packard will be the surviving brand name of the merger, some Compaq sub-brands will also weather the storm.

"We plan to deliver superior customer value and deliver it globally" as a result of the merger, explained

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