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No word on whether or not the deal was taken at this time

Over the last week or so there has been a lot of buzz surrounding a leveraged buyout of computer manufacturer Dell by a consortium led by company founder Michael Dell. Michael Dell has been working with Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft to take the company private.

Michael Dell has previously been tipped to be using his current 16% ownership in the computer company he founded and as much as $1 billion of his own money in a bid to become the majority owner if the buyout goes through. A source that claims to be familiar with the negotiations says that the Dell board voted last night on whether or not to take the buyout offer.

For its part, Microsoft offered up this satement:

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.

Some analysts believe that taking Dell Inc. private will allow the company to operate more efficiently and take its doings out of the public eye making acquisitions easier to accomplish. Dell Inc. has been a publicly traded company for nearly 25 years. If the buyout deal happens, the transaction will be the largest leveraged buyout in the technology industry since the global financial crisis hit.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the final deal is worth about $23 billion.
Dell Inc. was once the world's largest computer maker with a market capitalization of over $100 billion. The company has had a difficult time competing in the ever-changing computer industry and has seen its market share dwindle -- it is now the third largest computer maker in the world. No official comments have been offered on the buyout by any of the interested parties at this time.

Sources: Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Microsoft

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RE: Dell... there is hope.
By Kornfeld on 2/5/2013 3:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
The XPS 13 isn't that awesome.

The display isn't bad just because it has a relatively low resolution. The glare on it is absolutely horrible. The touchpad is also relatively crappy. It also offers relatively low-end processor choices for that class of system. Also, no options for integrated WWAN. For corporate use, no vPro support is a drawback for some environments. The material on the wrist rest doesn't seem to hold up very well over time and already shows permanent wear even after light use.

I'm sure it is nicer than a lot of ultrabooks out there, but for my money, I'd rather get an X1 Carbon that is lighter despite having a larger display which is also higher resolution and has anti-glare coating. Also faster processors, dual pointing devices, optional WWAN... Much nicer product overall.

RE: Dell... there is hope.
By retrospooty on 2/5/2013 3:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm sure it is nicer than a lot of ultrabooks out there, but for my money, I'd rather get an X1 Carbon that is lighter despite having a larger display which is also higher resolution and has anti-glare coating"

Its specs are good enough for me with an Ultrabook, when I posted above I hadnt read the price either... $1499 WTF?

But, agreed about lenovo... Beyond all that Lenovo quality is best in the industry.

By TakinYourPoints on 2/6/2013 5:12:11 AM , Rating: 2
Lenovo and Apple are all you can really depend on for build quality these days. The Asus Zenbook Prime is another one that stacks up, incredible display.

Its a shame that the MBP trackpad is exclusive, more hardware out there should have something that good. The silly conspiracist side of me almost thinks that Microsoft is pushing touchscreens because nobody else can make a decent touchpad. :p

Either way, good call on the X1 Carbon, way better quality than the overpriced XPS line and at a better price to boot. The smaller Lenovo x220 with the upgraded IPS screen was another favorite of mine, super nice.

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