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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RE: Comment by dizmal
by delta0.delta0 on Tue 5th Feb 2013 23:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by dizmal"
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Ok, but here is the rub,

They are a huge vendor of server hardware to Linux based environments. In fact most of the web based start ups I see here in the UK seem to be a Linux shop and they all tend to go with Dell Servers, the larger / older organisations tend to go with HP Servers.

From a desktop arena I can understand Microsoft investing in Dell, but for a business shifting to servers and services, I don't understand the Microsoft involvement, in fact I don't understand why Dell would ever allow it, as the server arena is definitely not dominated by Microsoft or Windows.

Will Microsoft now play a heavy hand in the server buying process ? will they try to force windows only kit ? a windows desktop only software front end to all dell server hardware control ? or windows licenses with Hardware ?. Or will it be a case of just plastering the site with Dell recommends Windows ?

$2 billion of 24 is 8.3% nearly 10% which is a pretty heavy investment, especially if Dell intends to move out of the desktop market entirely.

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