Dell Plans Cloud-Computing Acquisition, Chief Says

Dell Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said the computer maker plans to announce an acquisition in the cloud-computing market today.

“We continue to acquire new assets,” Dell, 45, said today at an event in Hong Kong. “We will announce an acquisition that will accelerate this type of integration into the cloud.” He didn’t provide further details.

The head of the world’s third-biggest maker of personal computers said his company plans to expand in the market for mobile phones and tablet devices. He also backed Microsoft Corp.’s new operating system for smartphones, saying it beats rival technologies by Google Inc. and Apple Inc. in aiding application developers.

Windows Phone 7 “has done an even better job than the Android at making it easy to develop the apps,” Dell said.

Dell’s comment is a boon for Microsoft, which is counting on developers to design applications for smartphones running Windows Phone 7 to attract users amid competition from Apple’s iPhone and devices with Google’s Android system. Shipments of smartphones may surpass PCs in 2012, according to research company Gartner Inc.

Cloud computing technology allows companies to store and access data via the Internet, rather than their own servers.

Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, will introduce “a significant number” of new tablet computers next year, the CEO said at the event organized by the American Chamber of Commerce.

Dell fell 19 cents to $14.22 at 9:48 a.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares were little changed this year before today.

New Applications

Apple is adding new applications “at an amazing pace,” Peter Oppenheimer, chief financial officer at the Cupertino, California-based company, said last month. Jill Tan, a Hong Kong-based spokeswoman at Apple, declined to comment today.

Jessica Powell, a Tokyo-based spokeswoman at Google, couldn’t immediately be reached by e-mail or mobile phone after office hours.

The Android system was the most-popular smartphone software in the U.S. in the second quarter, overtaking the iPhone and Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry, according to data from Gartner.

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