SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — According to recent reports, Microsoft could invest up to $3 billion to help buyout computer maker Dell. Microsoft has been known for software development, but this latest news has some techies speculating that they are serious about getting into the hardware development as well.
The news comes just as Microsoft announced that its new Surface Pro will ship February 9th. If this investment in Dell does happen, it would be a minority share. Dell is probably worth closer to $30 billion. The fact is if the deal goes through, they would have a pretty significant interest in one of the many companies that makes Windows PCs.
Dell has been competing with Lenovo, ASUS, Hewlett Packard, along with many others that offer similar products. So I think Microsoft is looking at Apple and seeing their success and are trying to figure out how to get a piece of the hardware business.
But in the past, Microsoft has built its entire model around not competing. In the past, they have made the software and relied on other companies to make the hardware.