Microsoft’s Dell deal may open Surface wounds

Microsoft's decision to partner with Dell on the acquisition of Silver Lake Management LLC may open old wounds left with Redmond's OEM partners when it launched its Surface tablet last year, analysts told Bloomberg.

Dell is said to be close to an agreement on Silver Lake and Microsoft could contribute as much as $2bn according to insiders. The investment could help Microsoft gain a foothold in the enterprise segment as consumers run from traditional PCs in favour of mobile devices, but analysts believe hardware partners stung by Microsoft's surprise launch of its own tablet, could view the move with a measure of concern.

"If you're a vendor that wasn't happy with Surface, the idea of Microsoft owning part of Dell is not going to cheer you up," said Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg.

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