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Well, this was a little unexpected, but could also turn out quite amazing for Microsoft. The latest talk is that the Redmond-based software giant is in discussions with Silver Lake Partners and Dell's CEO to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion in a leveraged buyout of Dell.
Very interesting, I wonder if these rumours are actually true. Could potentially spell trouble for Apple if it does happen.
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well. i ow they don't use sell cheap parts. buddy of mine came over and psu melted in his dell. put a good psu in it (i not test an part in my rig) and the mobo fired and gpu did. so i hope they buy out dell but upgrade their tactics .
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Dell sells a lot of premium products. This is a good move for microsoft, being able to expand its portable range with a company that knows how to make quality panels, and quality products in general.
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This is very interesting. As long as they don't go down the road of a totaly closed system and we can still modify hardware I can see this being huge for them and the average consumer. The people I know that are Apple fans like them because of the whole package, while Windows can still support the vast combinations of hardware they could possibly tweak it to be far more efficient and stable on their platforms. With Dell owning Alienware they can also make improvements for gaming. Half awake and only guessing currently but it might be easier for game developers to optimize their games to run on Alienware/Dell computers. I wouldn't buy one but there is a slight chance this could be one way that Microsoft could aim to make Windows a better gaming platform by offering devs systems to optimize for. Very small chance but it could happen lol.
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Dell-optimised, non-bloated Windows versions?

I like where this is going. They should start to get rid of the overly complicated internals though, and start to adopt some standards.
   
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Dell-optimised, non-bloated Windows versions?

I like where this is going. They should start to get rid of the overly complicated internals though, and start to adopt some standards.

My friend who's at the senior levels of dell has been arguing and fighting with the engineers for YEARS to adopt some standards. They have fought him every step of the way.

I agree with you completely.
 
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With Dell owning Alienware they can also make improvements for gaming. Half awake and only guessing currently but it might be easier for game developers to optimize their games to run on Alienware/Dell computers.

Unfortunately I highly doubt it. Since Microsoft (any every PC brand) is just a wannabe Apple now, the Alienware brand will probably be the first thing to go. Dell has already been killing off the brand over the last 4 years or so. They replaced their monster full tower case with a pathetically weak Xbox sized one, they discontinued all the alienware branded monitors, and they haven't even updated their periphials since 2009. The only thing they have going for them are their laptops which lag behind in technology most of the time. Unfortunately, it's probably going to convert into All-In-One desktops and Ultrabooks where the most high end models "may" carry the Alienware name.

I am an Alienware fanatic and have custom built all my Alienwares but my hopes for this company look grim and I am already ordering non-Alienware parts and periphials for my future Haswell build.
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Not sure if I like this or not. Will certainly be good for Microsoft, but I'm not sure if I like the idea of Microsoft having as large a hardware company to force their software on to as Dell. I really see MS becoming more and more a closed system with them listening to less and less customer input and becoming more and more Apple like.
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Unfortunately I highly doubt it. Since Microsoft (any every PC brand) is just a wannabe Apple now, the Alienware brand will probably be the first thing to go. Dell has already been killing off the brand over the last 4 years or so. They replaced their monster full tower case with a pathetically weak Xbox sized one, they discontinued all the alienware branded monitors, and they haven't even updated their periphials since 2009. The only thing they have going for them are their laptops which lag behind in technology most of the time. Unfortunately, it's probably going to convert into All-In-One desktops and Ultrabooks where the most high end models "may" carry the Alienware name.

I am an Alienware fanatic and have custom built all my Alienwares but my hopes for this company look grim and I am already ordering non-Alienware parts and periphials for my future Haswell build.


Just because you compete and switch different designs to keep up with competition doesn't mean it's a wannabe, if that was the case wouldn't every car under a Mercedes technically be wannabes?
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Zune pc?
While i do understand that Microsoft wants their own OEM to produce Showcase hardware, buying one of the largest oem companies in the world doesn't make sense (unless uou're Steve Ballmer, in which case an eight armed domeshaped "car" called Squidmobile would make sense.) Just buy one of the smaller ones or set one up yourself, produce extreme highend showcase gear and be done with it. Besides doesn't Dell have it's consumer base int he server and workstation market? Hasn't the latter one been content with P4's and XP since 2003?
 
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