In a letter to his employees on April 1, CEO Michael Dell tried to calm down concerns, saying the company will continue to invest in PCs and tablets.
"We have plans to significantly increase investment in our PC and tablet business to enhance our ability to compete. While Dell's strategy in the PC business has been to maximize gross margins, following the transaction, we expect to focus instead on maximizing revenue and cash flow growth with the goal of improving long-term sales and competitive positioning," Dell said in the letter.
Dell is evaluating the bids, and the board currently still backs the original US$24.4 billion bid from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. That bid includes a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, which would ensure Dell remains committed to the Windows ecosystem.
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