Last week, Dell announced a deal which will see shares in the Texan personal computer manufacturer taken off of the public markets and into private ownership in what is reportedly the largest leveraged buyout since the global financial crisis struck in 2008. Company founder Michael Dell, private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft have joined forces to spend $24.4 billion on taking the company private and removing it from the glare of the stock market as it explores its strategic options. According to some commentators, Dell is planning to change its long-term business strategy by leaving the increasingly tough PC market behind and refocusing to become an enterprise-service-oriented information technology company – a transition similar to that previously made by IBM, and that which is currently in progress at Dell’s key competitor Hewlett-Packard.

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