Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Sep 2013 23:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Michael Dell has the won the battle for control of the computer company that he created, after shareholders backed his $24.8bn offer to take Dell private and revive the struggling business away from the incessant pressure of Wall Street.

The vote clears the way for the huge buyout, in which Dell is working with private equity partners Silver Lake after seeing off a challenge from activist investor Carl Icahn.

Must have been hard for him to see his baby slide into irrelevance. I hope for him he can turn things around, but I'm not sure if they'll be able to - they missed the boat, and it's probably in Fiji by now.

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RE[3]: His likely path is...?
by woegjiub on Sat 14th Sep 2013 04:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: His likely path is...?"
woegjiub
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2008-11-25

The investment into privatisation reminded me of their pouring money into Nokia, which is why I thought they might eventually become an MS hardware arm as you suggested.

However, while there are so many PC vendors out there, and they are all licensing windows, I can't believe MS would be stupid enough to compete with them - surely there aren't *that* many desktop applications left whose functionality can't be duplicated in OSX, Ubuntu, Android, iOS or even ChromeOS to some extent (especially given the new native code app announcement).

I almost hope they do acquire them, though - MS makes pretty sweet hardware.
The Surface is great except for the battery and screen, the zune was solid, and I love their peripherals.
Seeing as how Windows 8.1 is such a great improvement over 8 and 7, it would be pretty amazing to see some sleek MS-made Win8.1 laptops out there without the vendor crapware.

(Note: I only use GNU/Linux, except where development requires windows/osx)

Given the prominence of *nix on servers, would there be benefit for them in acquiring their own server hardware division, or would it be merely killing the golden goose, with consequences like HP moving further towards HP-UX?

Edited 2013-09-14 04:50 UTC

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RE[4]: His likely path is...?
by ilovebeer on Sat 14th Sep 2013 18:52 in reply to "RE[3]: His likely path is...?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

However, while there are so many PC vendors out there, and they are all licensing windows, I can't believe MS would be stupid enough to compete with them - surely there aren't *that* many desktop applications left whose functionality can't be duplicated in OSX, Ubuntu, Android, iOS or even ChromeOS to some extent (especially given the new native code app announcement).

You do realize there are hundreds and hundreds of millions of Windows desktops in daily use right? And hundreds of millions of Windows desktops sold each year for that matter. It doesn't really matter what can and can't be duplicated in OSX, Ubuntu, Android, bla bla. Windows absolutely dominates the very active & very relevant desktop market, where there is still tons of money to be made.

I'm curious why you included iOS in your list. Are you one of those people who think that cell phones are a real replacement for the desktop?

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RE[5]: His likely path is...?
by woegjiub on Sat 14th Sep 2013 22:06 in reply to "RE[4]: His likely path is...?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

That was the direction my thought was heading - with so many licences out there, upsetting 90% of the sellers would surely be insanity.

I included iOS because I've seen iPads replace laptops as the most common lecture taking device at uni.
Students are using them with keyboard docks, and that enables them to do essentially anything they could have done with a netbook or thin and light.
The software is not that different from windows, except that it's just always fullscreened.
Use something like the 2014 galaxy tab 10.1 with the window tiling, and I can see how it will be able to do anything a laptop can.

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