Michael Dell’s open letter to customers

Michael Dell:

I am confident we are making the right decisions to position Dell, our customers and employees for long-term success. There is much more we can accomplish together.

I can’t wait to see what he does.

HP picks at Dell’s bones

“Dell has a very tough road ahead. The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers. And with a significant debt load, Dell’s ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb. We believe Dell’s customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP plans to take full advantage of that opportunity.”

That’s cold.

Microsoft to put $2 billion into Dell buyout

Microsoft Corp is expected to invest around $2 billion in the deal, while private equity firm Silver Lake is expected to put in about $1 billion, the source said. Michael Dell is expected to roll over his roughly 16 percent stake and put in some of his own money so he has control of the company, the source added.

Dell sucks balls; stock drops 12%

Dell posted first quarter sales, earnings, second quarter revenue guidance — you name it — well short of expectations Tuesday, sending shares of the Round Rock, Texas technology company were down more than 12% in after-hours trading.

Maybe they could bring back the Streak.

Dell wants to challenge Apple in the tablet market


As Apple’s third-generation iPad went on sale on Friday, accompanied by the now traditional scenes of fans queuing round the block , Dell’s chief commercial officer Steve Felice said the tablet market was still wide open.

I kid you not, I actually laughed out loud reading this. How many times does Apple have to lay the smackdown on Dell before they finally go away.

Dell stock tumbles on weak sales outlook

Shares of Dell Inc fell more than 7 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday, after the world’s No.3 personal computer maker forecast weak sales for the current quarter.

Dell to release a tablet in late 2012


The once-dominant corporation founded by Michael Dell has seen a growing crop of tablets and smartphones entice consumers away from PCs. But Dell learned from the hastiness of some of its peers and understands better now how consumers value the “ecosystem” of a tablet as much as the hardware, chief commercial officer Steve Felice said.

Good that Dell finally realized what Apple knew for years — ecosystem counts.

Dell dumps Android-based Streak 7

Electronista: Dell on Monday confirmed that it had stopped selling the Streak 7. The tablet is no longer available online and is withdrawing just months after Dell axed the Streak 5. In a statement, it said it would still be … Continued

∞ Dell beats earnings, misses sales targets

Brian Caulfield for Forbes:

Record sales to businesses helped Dell post stronger than expected third quarter earnings, even as the Round Rock, Texas-based company fell short of sales expectations Tuesday.

It’s cute that Dell’s still around.

∞ Dell: Android disappoints

Khidr Suleman reporting on Michael Dell speaking at Dell World: We are very aligned with Microsoft around Windows 8. You’ll hear more about Windows 8 from us and see a wide range of products released,” Dell told journalists during a … Continued

∞ iPad 2 tops Consumer Reports tablet ratings

Consumer Reports on Tuesday said that Apple’s iPad topped its ratings of 10 tablets.

“So far, Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. “However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market.”

The consumer watch-dog said the iPad’s closest competitor is the Motorola Xoom. Consumer Reports tested tablets from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic, as well as a number of models from Apple.

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