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Microsoft's $2B loan to Dell sign of turbulent times in PC biz

Gregg Keizer | Feb. 7, 2013
Microsoft's $2 billion loan to Dell, the world's third-largest seller of personal computers, was a signal that the personal computer, Microsoft's Windows, or both, are at growing risk of irrelevance, analysts said Tuesday.

Because everything else in the computer business, it seems, is muddled.

"The top tier of OEMs is in a period of realignment," said Krans. "They're in flux and need a lot of help. And Microsoft has the deepest pockets of anyone in the ecosystem, and they needed to take more of a leadership role. Someone needed to come in and make sure that there's stability there."

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is

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