To insure the dominance of its software, Microsoft is looking into controlling the PC hardware market.
Stand tall for the beast of Bill Gates. If people aren’t preferring Windows 8 over its predecessors, then simply up the number of machines in the market. Or at least that’s what Microsoft has in mind when it makes a $2 billion investment in PC manufacturer Dell.
According to the Wall Street Journal, this deal would be part of an attempt by Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm, to purchase Dell from public share-holders. The estimated deal would be around $22 billion, of which Microsoft will invest $2 billion.
The reason for the investment comes from Microsoft’s “expressed disappointment” in machines that currently use its software – which is friggin’ hilarious, since we’ve seen just about every kind of Windows 8 machine possible in today’s day and age. And some of them are even pretty awesome.
But Microsoft feels that such a strategy will give them a stronger role over dictating what hardware their OS will run on – think Nokia’s Lumia and Microsoft’s own Surface tablet. Whether it benefits them in the long run will remain to be seen.