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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Dell's taken his own advice
by mkone on Tue 5th Feb 2013 20:50 UTC
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To return money to the shareholders!

People slaughtered Leo Apotheker for proposing to do what people are suggesting Dell now do. Rid itself of the PC division. HP isn't doing any better. IBM saw the writing on the wall a long time ago, and made out like bandits before being forced to.

The PC business has had the air and profits sucked out of it by Microsoft. Consolidation will help. Fewer large manufacturers may actually be able to force Microsoft to share the wealth. As it stands, Microsoft can charge about as much as a new PC for the software running on it. Not a recipe for long term success for what are in essence glorified system assemblers.

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