Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Feb 2013 14:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Dell today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which Michael Dell, Dell's Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake, will acquire Dell." So, Dell has gone private, and Microsoft has contributed a $2 billion loan to the deal.
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MicroDell: the new Apple?
by jello on Tue 5th Feb 2013 18:34 UTC
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I admit, I'm just a normal dude, but the way I see this is:
With the $2bn Microsoft has probably (my guess) an option to become a major player inside Dell in the future (if need be...)

To me it looks like Microsoft wants to become the new Apple of the future - and with that MS does not rely on other PC/Surface/Tablet makers - they would gain the same control over the hardware as Apple has over theirs...

And by saying this I don't mean it's a bad thing - for Microsoft...

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