Potential Buyer in Dell Deal: Microsoft
Microsoft in talks, but no confirmation yet
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 9:07 AM CST
In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, file photo, a new Microsoft Corp. logo, left, is seen on an exterior wall of a new Microsoft store inside the Prudential Center mall, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – Microsoft could soon grab one of the largest ownership interests in Dell, in the computer maker's quest to go private. Dell founder Michael Dell is looking to buy the company back from public stockholders, with the help of a private-equity firm, and sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft is now in discussions to possibly back the deal. No commitment has yet been made, but Microsoft would probably invest $2 billion; the deal is expected to cost at least $22 billion. Though Microsoft wouldn't be involved in Dell's daily operations, Dell would agree to power most of its products with Windows.

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Jan 24, 2013 10:44 AM CST
I'm thinking Microsoft's deal won't get past regulators. The world's major software company buying one of the biggest US computer assemblers??
Jan 23, 2013 3:59 PM CST
If you have been a part of any national disaster, homeland security incident, 9/11, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, or maybe just localized safety projects, chances are you have ran into Dell. I picked up several pallets of Dell servers after Katrina to be used at command and relief centers. All Dell wanted in return was donation letter. We went back to them on occasion for things like projectors and printers. They never turned us down. I've rarely seen a more generous company.
Jan 23, 2013 11:45 AM CST
They saved Apple. It makes sense to keep Dell afloat.