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Memo to Dell Board Voting On Buyout: Don’t Bow to Microsoft

Dell’s (NASDAQ: DELL) board of directors will reportedly meet this evening (Monday, Feb. 4) to vote on a leverage buyout that may take the company private, Bloomberg reported. Indeed, Silver Lake Management, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Michael Dell are expected to to be among Dell’s key investors. Among the potential concerns for channel partners: Will Microsoft’s potential stake in Dell allow the software giant to dictate the types of software Dell offers to mobile, desktop, server and cloud partners?