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January 17, 2006

The end of Dell

Way back in 1997, Michael Dell had a few things to say about Apple and Steve Jobs:

ORLANDO, Florida--When it comes to the state of Apple Computer, everyone has an opinion.
And at the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo97 here today, the CEO of competitor Dell Computer added his voice to the chorus when asked what could be done to fix the Mac maker. His solution was a drastic one.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders," Michael Dell said before a crowd of several thousand IT executives.
Dell's comments follow Steve Jobs's keynote address at the Seybold trade show last week in San Francisco, where the Apple cofounder seemed to win over attendees with his explanation of why he had made certain key decisions, killing the clone market and aligning more closely with Microsoft. The Seybold crowd--as well as some Apple employees--also seemed to be buoyed by the increasing role Jobs has taken on at the company as board member and interim CEO.

So I guess now that Apple is worth more than Dell, that Michael will put his money where his mouth is. Expect, any moment, a press release announcing that Dell is shutting down and giving the money back to the shareholders...

Posted by Ozguru at January 17, 2006 06:30 AM

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