Microsoft's Possible Investment in Dell Will Create an "Unhealthy Alliance," according to Exclusive CRN Tech News Survey on the

 Microsoft's Possible Investment in Dell Will Create an "Unhealthy Alliance,"
           according to Exclusive CRN Tech News Survey on the iPad

PR Newswire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan. 28, 2013

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Tech Channel's CRN Tech
News, exclusively on the iPad, explores the possibility of Dell going private
and Microsoft's anticipated investment in the company. According to CRN's Tech
News tablet app survey, Microsoft's potential $1 billion to $3 billion
investment in Dell could cause "friction" between the software giantand other
PC vendors/PC OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and create "an unhealthy
alliance that reduces competition in the market."

The CRN Tech News iPad survey found that of the partners that see the
Microsoft investment having a negative impact on their combined Dell Microsoft
sales, 75 percent believe the deal will cause "friction between Microsoft and
other PC vendors." In addition, 71 percent fear the combination will create
"an unhealthy alliance that reduces competition in the market." Finally, 54
percent believe the Microsoft investment could lead to more
"confusion/frustration" in the market.

The survey, conducted last week, come amid reports that Dell is attempting to
complete what could end up as a $20 billion leveraged buyout led by private
equity firm Silver Lake with financing from Microsoft, other investors and a
number of banks.

The new story, "CRN Survey: Microsoft Investment In Dell Could Jeopardize OEM
Partner Relationships," and additional supporting stories on this topic are
available exclusively on CRN Tech News app for iPad.

"Understanding the impact this news may have on our readership, we issued our
survey and secured nearly 200 respondents within days of the news to offer our
readers timely reactions from the channel community," said Kelley Damore,
Senior Vice President & Editorial Director, UBM Tech Channel. "By leveraging
the power of the app, we can seamlessly offer compelling research and analysis
our readers can't find anywhere else."

To read more, download the app via the Apple app store or visit

CRN Tech News
The CRN Tech news app was designed for "Road Warriors" who need access to
mobile content and tools to better run their business, but also for
investigative news fans interested in learning more about the IT channel's big
picture. Each week, CRN Tech News users can expect hard hitting, in-depth
feature stories, executive profiles and video interviews, featuring the most
influential companies and individuals in the IT market today. To download the
new CRN app, search "CRN Tech News" in the iPad App store or go directly to
the app download page.

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