How Does Microsoft Fit Into Dell's $24.4 Billion Buyout?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The gene pool could use a little fucking chlorine.

Who the fuck let the retards swim?

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ItsG0TT

Dear Sir or Madame,

Please silence yourself by washing your mouth out with soap.

Gracias Amigo,
That Retard Swimming in the Gene Pool

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davelray

Pay them no mind, few else here do. They are the resident troll, one of many.

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_amass

Oh wow...

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MaximumMike

Chill out man. It was a class project, geesh.

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TMorris

In my opinion Microsoft’s $2 billion loan to Dell should be a great move for Microsoft. Microsoft could now have the opportunity to work with Dell in many of their upcoming inventions and also put some of their ideas in with Dell’s ideas. It would be a good idea if Microsoft helped Dell in creating a Dell phone. Most of the companies around the world now want to create cell phones. If Dell were to create a phone then they could use Windows 8.

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MaximumMike

Dell has actually already released a couple of handsets that I know of. There may have been more, but I'm only aware of 2. However, these were both Android phones and not Windows phones. But, your idea holds credence. Just wanted to let you know Dell is already making phones.

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TMorris

Thanks

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xGOOCHx

I think Microsoft’s $2 billion loan to Dell for their company to payback shareholders and to go private was a smart decision. It’s about making money and that’s what they are doing plus building a relationship with Dell at the same time. They will end up making all their money back plus interest and they probably have planned all new Dell systems have Windows 8 installed on them.

Cody Gooch over and out brother.

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Cody Guccii

why you steal my name creep?

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slayerchild

Okay, so Dell wants to go private so they can be free from their shareholders. But they don’t exactly have the funds, so guess who comes to save the day? Microsoft! Microsoft “loaned” $2 billion dollars to Dell so they could buy out their shareholders, and get full control of their company. But why would Microsoft help Dell some people might ask? Well the answer is not certain, but Microsoft’s reason is that they know how it is in the computer business, and they think Dell would be better off being private as of right now. So pretty much Microsoft is like “Hey we have money, take some!”. Also, in the future if Dell becomes successful at being private, they could aid Microsoft if they ever really needed it. So in helping others they are helping themselves. And it’s not like they don’t have the money… We all know that’s not a problem.

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J2CizHD

Microsoft is looking to become more of a dominant powerhouse in the PC industry. By Microsoft loaning Dell this significant 2 Billion it not only gives Microsoft another friend in the ever expanding PC industry, but it is almost a given that Dell will somehow return the favor. Also I like Dell making the decision to go private, with public guidelines making shareholders the force of the company and less likely to take chances on long term success. I feel that Dell is taking their company in a new direction that can propel the company as a whole.

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jgottberg

I agree. By going private, Dell can now concentrate on building a long-term strategy for survival without the pressure of reporting losses to shareholders.

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Cody Guccii

i feel you brother, -Cody Gooch over and out!

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TytyThatGuy

Microsoft’s buyout is them looking out for themselves in the future. This could benefit Microsoft greatly, dell is such a big computer manufacturer and if Microsoft has the idea for another big project, dell could support them in many ways like Nokia did when the Windows phone came out. If I was dell I would be cautious of this Microsoft might want more favors from Dell then they may want to give. Also this may give Microsoft a leg up over other competitors like Apple and push the PC further.

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T N G

First, Dell manufactures computer hardware, and Microsoft needs computer hardware that supports Windows. Second, with Microsoft loaning Dell money, Dell is more likely to support Microsoft in building computers. Third, with Microsoft Surface tablets coming out soon, Microsoft needs somebody to manufacture them, and it will likely be Dell.

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Jtriezenberg

Microsoft appears to be buying a favor. Why $2 billion only to gain interest? Unless you may be wanting an already PC manufacturing company to help you push your product there isn't really a point. Now that Dell will be going private, they do not have to win the support of shareholders and it becomes strictly a relationship of how well they can combine their efforts to make money. If this occurs it will be a good move for Microsoft because Dell can help them push Surface which will also help Dell get its head above water.

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Papa.os95

Microsoft’s $2 billion loan to Dell is, in my opinion, a wise investment. Microsoft is currently struggling with its newest operating system Windows 8. With Windows 8, Microsoft is aiming to change the way PC’s are used by really pushing touch screen support. Microsoft may be looking into a partnership with Dell to really allow the Windows 8 touch experience to take off. Most laptop OEM’s are not putting touchscreens in their devices, which in the end hurts Windows 8, as Windows 8 was developed with touch in mind. Microsoft might be partnering with Dell to develop their Surface tablets, but more likely Microsoft is investing in Dell, and in return Dell will manufacture Windows 8 PC’s the way Microsoft wants them to.

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ChagHead

Microsoft claims to be providing a $2 billion loan to Dell because they are vested in the PC ecosystem. This appears to be true, but you already know they also want Dell to do them a favor in the long run. The way I see it, Microsoft will use Dell to manufacture Microsoft’s hardware like the Surface tablet and other future devices. Microsoft appears to being moving forward towards the hardware market. Ya feel me?

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Cody Guccii

Microsoft is smart for it's help with Michael Dell and partners purchase of Dell for $24.4 billion. Microsoft might have helped Dell because now that they have helped Dell, Dell with have to pay back Microsoft. Microsoft might have helped Dell because Dell computers come pre-installed with Windows operating system and bring microsoft income. Microsoft also might not want to see another computer company die out and cease to exist. Microsoft is trying to make a billie or 100 in the future from dell.Cody Gooch over and out brother.

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LJNATO

Microsoft has made a really smart move with their two billion dollar loan to Dell. This would be a great benefit to both companies, but I think it would be better for Microsoft. The biggest problem Microsoft has right now is the criticism of Windows 8, and I think if more computers were built and shipped with Windows 8 already installed it would be easier for the market to shift towards 8. I agree with the WSJ that this could give Microsoft a large hold on corporate IT systems. I mean, most businesses you walk into today are full of Dell systems.

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Cryman

Microsoft has given 2 billion dollars to the soon to be private company Dell. This move in my opinion is a good one; the amount given will not break Microsoft financially, but will be a nice little gift to Dell. With Dell a producer of computers and different components, Microsoft might be expecting a gift in return down along that way, be it a future partnership, a sneak peak at what Dell will be working on, or maybe just money back. This is a good move by Microsoft, making Dell know that Microsoft is its friend will help open many doorways of opportunity in the world of tech.

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itsnotme23

In my opinion, Microsoft is doing this only to help out themselves. At the end of the day, Microsoft is a business trying to make money. They are making the investment because they believe they can make more money off it in the end. For example, Dell will now be heavily pushing Windows products, making more people buy Windows products which will make Microsoft more money. If it works like Microsoft thinks it will, the 2 billion would be made back in no time. It wouldn’t matter to Microsoft who they are helping, as long as they are in the PC ecosystem and can sell Windows products on their devices.

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_amass

Overall this was a good deal for Microsoft. Not only will they make back their money, plus interest, this also opens up new business opportunities for them. Since Dell now owes MS money, they will sort of have to answer them. Since MS is struggling in the physical product market, i.e. Surface, they can potentially rely on Dell to manufacture new products to sport MS’s new OS. Personally, I think this is going to bring great advancements to the technology market.

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Ledoubleu

To borrow from Pinky and the Brain,

Dell asks, "What do you want to do tonight Microsoft"?

Microsoft replies "The same thing we do every night Dell, try to take over the world"!

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Caboose

I think MS is less concerned with world domination these days. That's more of an Apple thing as of late, isn't it?

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Ledoubleu

Tongue in cheek!

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Neufeldt2002

Paul,

Either MaxPC has had a real boom in membership to the site or there is a spammer in the mix. Most of the comments are from accounts made just over 2 hrs ago as of this post from multiple accounts created within minutes of each other. Can you or someone else please look into it and see if these accounts are legit or if they are all coming from the same IP.

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semillertime

Hi Neufeldt2002,

I asked my CIT students to read this article and post their opinion on it. That's why they're from the same IP. AFAIK, that isn't a violation of forum rules. I would ask that you either consider or ignore their opinions just as you would any other post.

Thanks,

-Scott

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jgottberg

Cool project - to have students read and post on an article, especially an article posted on here.

I understand where Neufeldt2002 was coming from though... There was a rash of accounts posting "I can't believe Martha made $87,532 yesterday selling ipads on " and the like.

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Neufeldt2002

Hi semillertime,

Glad to hear it is legit posters.

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comoncents

Dell would probably tell you off the record that traditional consumer PC is dead. Hybrid laptop and tablet isn't and Dell has really been concentrating on the server side as of late.

Dell can produce Windows-branded equipment in these two areas in short order and has improved its reputation with IT lately.

If this works, why not let Dell build Surface too and become the manufacturing arm of Microsoft? Microsoft merely buys more of the business from Dell or Silverlake and then can call all the shots.

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ItsG0TT

I'm waiting for the XBOX Dell announcement now :P

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iheartpcs

"Surface isn't just a device, it's also an understanding of consumer preferences, and how end users want their hardware to interact with their software."

Another "insider" who is completely out of touch with what people want.

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bainerl32

Microsoft came out with Windows 8 to try to change the way computers are used, they wanted the operating system to be used by touch. There has been a lack of this innovation with the computers released (Dell has the XPS which utilizes this). Windows 8 needs to increase in popularity if this is going to be the way that future Windows operating systems are, so they are probably hoping that this investment will help Dell come up and implement better ideas for touchscreen computers. Surface also has had some bad press, so I feel like theres a good chance that Dell could be manufacturing future Microsoft branded tablets.

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_amass

dude nice.

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bainerl32

Microsoft came out with Windows 8 to try to change the way computers are used, they wanted the operating system to be used by touch. There has been a lack of this innovation with the computers released (Dell has the XPS which utilizes this). Windows 8 needs to increase in popularity if this is going to be the way that future Windows operating systems are, so they are probably hoping that this investment will help Dell come up and implement better ideas for touchscreen computers. Surface also has had some bad press, so I feel like theres a good chance that Dell could be manufacturing future Microsoft branded tablets.

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WyattBro1

Microsoft’s $2 billion investment in Dell could be seen as a good move. Microsoft could see this as an opportunity to a long-time partnership with Dell and a way to get into more IT related things such as data centers and IT services. This would possibly develop greater popularity for Microsoft as well. Hardware might also be a hidden agenda here for Microsoft.

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froggerpk

While it is true that Microsoft has inherent interest in the computing ecosystem, $2 billion in one company is more than just supporting the ecosystem. Microsoft wants something. It might be a well known, respectable company to peddle they’re Surface, or maybe a way to force more consumers into using Windows 8 after its poor launch and lack of corporate attractiveness. Lets admit it, Windows 8 looks like a platform for small children, not corporate offices.

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ItsG0TT

Microsoft seems to have made a good business decision with loaning money to Dell. When looking for computer products, Dell is usually a common brand on buyers’ minds. Dell are often ranked somewhere high on most lists of good purchases, a key factor definitely being their affordability compared to other big names like Apple’s Mac. Now with the loan, Dell obviously has to pay Microsoft back in full, which means it can be possible that Dell offers instead to make some kind of deal with Microsoft to possibly sell more Microsoft products with Dell. I don’t believe it will lead to Microsoft buying Dell out, but by doing this, Microsoft gains good recognition from Microsoft and Dell fans, with a possible increase of Dell and Microsoft products out of this. Maybe this is just a way for Microsoft to attempt to one-up their rival Apple. Microsoft and Dell forming a partnership out of this have a likely chance of being a huge hit, as both companies cover multiple industries. With Dell’s desktop and laptop computers, Microsoft supplying services like the well-known Microsoft Office, and the fact that Microsoft is a big contender in the video game industry with the XBOX product line. Only time will tell what Microsoft has in mind, but will it be a minor thing? Or could they have a massive hit here?

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npatel9170

trying to one up everyone???

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ItsG0TT

Why of course. After all, I'm sexy and I know it

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Tport

wow man grow up

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MaximumMike

Dude, you're getting a troll.

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Chorrbs

I have to agree with commandrew and cmsupra on this. I think it's push Windows 8 in the consumer market, but also to have someone to help with hardware. I don't think Dell will be making the Surface, but they could be helping on future projects on the hardware side. The offical statement does seem to have some truth to it because if the PC doesn't continue to evolve then Microsoft can't. I guess we can't say if this is good or not until we let it unfold more. Hopefully it will end up like Microsoft and Nokia.

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Tport

..... what?

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brianlaws194

Microsoft giving a $2 billion loan to Dell is a good investment because they want dell to keep making PC’s and experiment with new technologies to try to keep people interested in desktops and laptops. Without PC’s Microsoft will lose almost all of their profits.

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Tport

DOES THIS EVEN MAKE SENSE???

GROW UP BYRON

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Tport

This is a risky choice, but I believe that this is a good buy by Microsoft. I’m not entirely sure on the logic behind the purchase, but obviously MS is doing something right. They wouldn’t spend 2 billion dollars without expecting some money back. Dell becoming a private company allows them to make their own decisions now, and although they are private, they are now getting more exposure from Microsoft, and I believe that MS knows this. This could always benefit both companies.

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Tport

this is a really good point, good job.

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