Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future.
We're in an industry that is constantly evolving. As always, we will continue to look for opportunities to support partners who are committed to innovating and driving business for their devices and services built on the Microsoft platform.
Sources: Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Microsoft
quote: When it comes to the state of Apple Computer, everyone has an opinion.And at the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo97 here today, the CEO of competitor Dell Computer added his voice to the chorus when asked what could be done to fix the Mac maker. His solution was a drastic one."What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders," Michael Dell said before a crowd of several thousand IT executives.
quote: I wouldn't call the Mac a failed product, but more of a product geared towards a small market.
quote: Granted I doubt they are just looking at regaining market share in the PC market, but probably innovating into a new market and even trying to appeal to the gaming market.
quote: The "Mac" was and always has been a failed product.
quote: I'm pretty sure when Michael Dell made that statement, Apple didn't have anything close to a third of all laptop sales.