Microsoft defends frayed PC ecosystem with $2 billion Dell loan

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is playing defense with a $ 2 billion loan to help Dell Inc’s founder buy back the world’s No.3 PC maker as it seeks to shore up support for Windows and beat back the march of Google Inc’s Android. The investment in the landmark $ 24 billion buyout led by Michael Dell marks the latest step in Microsoft’s plan to gain more influence over the hardware supply chain – a departure from the decades-old, software-centric philosophy that helped it dominate the computing world but is now increasingly under threat. …

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