I have no clue as to whether or not this is true, but the writer discusses why he believes this will happen. You can read for yourself and form your own opinion here, and the media will let us all know if and when something monumental as such occurs. From the retail store portion of the business plan it would make sense to compete heads up with Apple and have branded hardware available for purchase when the stores open. It would also allow for “ready to go” packages with hardware and software loaded and ready to carry out the door or order on the web.
We all know hardware in the computer business has not been doing very well, so there could be something to all of this. There are also many other hardware manufacturers out there as well that run Windows too, so if and how all this would take place would be interesting to say the least. Microsoft has been in the hardware business a little with mice, keyboards, cameras, in other words accessories but not the full computer. BD
The news that Microsoft is to buy Dell, which should become official at the beginning of April, comes as no big surprise. Dell hasn't been doing that well recently, and the global economic downturn is certainly contributing to its woes.
Few companies are prepared to splash out on new hardware when money is tight, especially without a clear indication that it really will run the latest version of Windows in a satisfactory way. Until now, this has been an ongoing guessing game with each new release - will the months of hardware R&D pay off and bring true synergy to the platform paradigm? Even the best have been getting it wrong - remember the outrage at HP when it discovered that the graphics hardware requirements had changed a few months before the release of Vista? You might think Vista simply sucked, but deeper analysis shows this is an over-simplistic analysis of the situation. It was a lack of synergy that made all the difference.