Microsoft might invest as much as $3 billion into the effort to take Dell private.
It’s a bad sign when a company keeps having to throw money at its customers.
Left my power supply at work, had to light off a venerable Dell laptop with XP.
Mr. Softy’s hope here has got to be to own a hardware platform and produce as nicely engineered an experience as Apple. Or just DIE DIE DIE.
Didn’t they do that with the surface tablet?
On some level, I feel for microsoft. They are an aging American corporation. Once innovative (sort of), now they are flabby in the middle and risk averse.
Windows 8 is an un-polishable turd.
They may try to do the apple thing with Dell. But Dell is such a pedestrian, vanilla box I can’t see people getting lathered up for their stuff the way they do with Apple.
They’re like AT&T. Great innovation back in the day. Now? they are at the career seat-warmer stage. Soon, they’ll bust up into separate corporations like AT&T. By the time the hardware spinoff Lucent died, anyone who knew anything worthwhile was long gone..
Don’t worry because the Surface Pro is finally launching in February for the low, low price of $1000+ with keyboard (Don’t even think about the suffering that would be using Windows Desktop at 1080p on a 10.6″ screen and native Windows 7 software with a pen). Also, no longer is the Pro Surface a tablet, so we want you to compare it to ultra books and not tablets. And a guy on Engadget’s comment section knows like 5 people that will be in line on launch day to buy the ground breaking device.
This is beyond “throwing money at its customers”, this is using money fed voodoo to keep one’s dead customers walking as zombies.
Why does Steve Ballmer still have a job?
He owns ~359,000,000 shares, roughly 4% of the company. When senior positions are determined by shareholder vote, that makes it difficult to kick him out.
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