Microsoft factors the future into its Dell-iberations

Siding too closely with Dell would risk tipping Microsoft’s uneasy relationships with its Windows allies into all-out war. But it cannot afford to stand back.

If Microsoft is not prepared to take a bet on the PC, then who is?

This explains why the world’s biggest software company is now considering dipping into its $67 billion of cash reserves to back a buyout of Dell, a casualty of the fierce wars raging in the hardware industry.

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