Microsoft looking to take the reins, but Dell objects


American multinational computer technology corporation Dell is considering taking the company off the publicly traded stock market, however if Microsoft is going to invest in Dell’s privatisation, Tony Redmond wants to have a say in the company’s future decisions.  However, whilst  this seems to be a reasonable approach for a billion pound investor it seems that dell isn’t too happy with this idea and it appears to be holding up negotiations. 

A current arrangement includes almost 16% of founder Michael Dell’s stake in his company, Silver Lake Partners as well as Microsoft with $15 billion worth of debt financing from various banks.  However given the razor thin margins of PC OEM’s, clearly Microsoft is after Dell for more than simply profit, making a measure of control essential.  Wall Street Journal reports that despite these hiccups, the deal is still on track to go through and maybe announce in a matter of days. 

What do our readers expect from a Dell-Microsoft marriage?


  • Alexander Nevrmind

    This could be a smart move if MS can get Dell to take over the Surface Brand and build at their facilities. The only issue is that MS must send the surface design team to tell to have them develop better sleeker products that people like.

  • Devin L. Ganger

    Why does the article copy say “Tony Redmond” when the source articles says “Redmond” meaning Microsoft’s corporate HQ in Redmond, WA?

    • PoohGQ

      Oh! I thought that was Microsoft’s new nickname..!

  • MistaWet

    Ummm.. What’s that good old American saying again? Oh that’s it…. Things appear to be getting REAL!

  • David

    Love Microsoft and like Dell computers a lot. To me Microsoft has share and control as part of Dell is great news. Just more reason for me to buy Dell computers instead of any other brand.

  • disqustingtard

    Bend over Michael, you’re about to experience a Silver Lake Ballmering.

    • Darth_Lord

      I am sure that they will do a reach around deal 😉

  • Ef Jay

    Do eeett!!!

  • DW

    This is a good thing – going private and MS having some input. It should result in sharper Windows products and a better run company (providing the managers there can do their job). There may be fewer OEMs as a result, but it will mean the products available will be better.

  • Bugbog

    Servers. Cloud Storage. Enterprise Servicing. Nuff said!

  • soggybiscuit

    No one wants Microsoft, lol…sell your stock quick

  • ♐Mr.InTernaTionaL♐

    Microsoft is getting on the ball I see. They are coming back to becoming the dominate giant once again!!!!

  • NegLewis

    Dell: All in One PC’s.
    Acer: Tablets
    Asus: Laptops

    Dell has made the best All In One PC – I want to buy it but there is nowhere to be found.
    It’s time for me to switch: PC to All-In-One.

    • PoohGQ

      Um..what about HP & Lenovo..?

      • NegLewis

        Right: HP too.. :) but no.
        Lenovo – yes – Laptops and Tablets – but they do not have a signature device – from my point of view.

        • PoohGQ

          Lenovo has the Yoga..
          Personally I think we are yet to see some apps that will make these devices very unique.

  • San Ien Jao

    This means MS will control the whole user experience from software to hardware, should prove interesting if they can pull it of… but knowing MS they’ll probably screwed up bad before it gets good!