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Microsoft participates in Dell buyout talks

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    Microsoft participates in Dell buyout talks


    Interesting that this hasn't been posted yet:

    [The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is in talks with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Michal Dell to help finance a deal that would take Dell Inc. off the stock market and into private ownership. As yet there has been no commitment from Microsoft to take part in the deal but “people familiar with the talks” said Microsoft is likely to contribute $2 billion of the necessary $22 billion price tag for Dell Inc. Spokespeople for Microsoft and Dell have yet to comment.
    Microsoft participates in Dell buyout talks - Corporate - News - HEXUS.net

    Talk about investing in cheap and nasty.

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    Hi there
    actually this makes sense in that Ms obviously wants to get its fingers more directly into the hardware pie -- Dell is a good choice since it already has experience with the whole supply chain management side (SCM) of hardware sourcing, component integration and delivery and is available relatively cheaply (if you think 22 billion dollars is cheap !!).
    If Ms are going into phones and tablets in a big way this not only could be a good deal for them -- but they could also now supply both HARD and SOFTWARE to businesses.


    If a successful company like Ms is thinking of ponying up 22 billion dollars (US) then there's usually a good reason.

    Enc latest market data for Ms (MSFT)

    Worth watching this one --especially as The Fruit Company is missing "Earnings expectations" which is "Market-ese" means they are going down the tubes big time.

    Cheers
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    Wow! This is intense. I'll bet other OEMs are sweating bullets over this one. If MS gets their fingers in the pie far enough it means hardware at a more reasonable price. I love competition.

    I'm sure that was a typo, Jim. It's 2 billion MS might be contributing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Wow! This is intense. I'll bet other OEMs are sweating bullets over this one. If MS gets their fingers in the pie far enough it means hardware at a more reasonable price. I love competition.
    I'm not sure how that's going to happen. Remember, Microsoft pretty much bailed out Apple years back and look how that's turned out for Microsoft.
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    Interesting move.

    As part of the deal “Dell would agree to use Microsoft's Windows software to power the vast majority of its devices”

    The other oem's won't be pleased.

    MS could have a real problem - unless it has something up it's sleeve to appease them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Interesting move.

    As part of the deal “Dell would agree to use Microsoft's Windows software to power the vast majority of its devices”
    The other oem's won't be pleased.

    MS could have a real problem - unless it has something up it's sleeve to appease them.
    Dell already uses Windows for the vast majority of its devices. The only issue will be is if Microsoft reduces licence prices to Dell, but that may cause other issues.
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    From Wintel to WinDell.

    I don't think Silver Lake will invest more than 2B, a buyout or controlling interest would cause legal problems.
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    LOL, so Dell PC would suck as bad as a Nokia phone.
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    Sounds like MS has a pile of cash burning a hole in their pockets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    Sounds like MS has a pile of cash burning a hole in their pockets.
    Yes, with $66 billion in cash reserves, $2 billion is just pocket change. I'd buy the whole lock, stock, and barrel to give the other OEMs really something to sweat over. iFruit and Google too.
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