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Dell privatization approved by shareholders, company will focus on enterprise going forward

Dell Venue Pro

Michael Dell has been wanting to take the company he founded in 1984 private for a long time. The computer technology company which went public in 1988, is now going to be a private company going forward. Dell shareholders approved a 24.4 billion buyout deal that allowed the company to be bought by Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. The deal was helped along with a $2 billion loan from Microsoft. Is anything changing for Dell?

Why did Michael Dell want to take his company private? Dell has struggled for a number of years in the eyes of Wall Street. Stock for Dell hit an all-time high at the top of the dotcom bubble in 2000 when it sold for $65 per share. The next high after the dotcom era came in 2005 when it traded at $40. After that it never satisfied Wall Street.

The move to go private allows Michael Dell and Dell to make changes to the future of the company without decisions scrutinized by investors. Changes like focus more on the enterprise market vs. the consumer market. Read more about the deal from our earlier analysis.

What happens, we just really want to get our hands on the recently announced Dell Venue. Maybe a Venue Pro 2? One can dream.

Source: Business Wire Via: The Verge

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Arun3 says:

Ha! Dell Venue pro. My first WP device and one of the best designed 1st gen devices

NIST says:

Had that phone. Great looking phone. Horrible keyboard that I used like 3 times. Then one day in the middle of a game the phone froze flashed "GOODBYE" and shut itself down never to be booted back up again. Then I got a Nokia 1020. Never been happier.

chad08er says:

DVP was my second WP loved it. My first was a KIN 2, no need to discuss that mistake lol.

My DVP ruined so many once-in-a-lifetime shots with that miserable camera that I would never consider a Dell phone ever again.  No compass, freezing for 6 months until they fixed it with firmware, no thanks.  Loved the keybaord (and WP), but that was about it.  
 
I've been buying and working with Dell PCs since the 486 days, and will swear by their business PCs and servers, but Dell has never had the first clue what to do with the mobile market.

Jasonxe says:

Agreed (great 1st gen phone), but sadly I still have a DVP. :(
 
I was going to upgrade to a Nokia L925 and didn't mind paying 49.99 down payment. But then they add 33 bux tax + $6 to $24 dollar shiipping and 20 extra dollars per month (excepted). So 100+ just to start is to much for my blood. I'm seeing if I can sell my DVP on craiglist for 100 buxs so I can buy a Nokia L925 but i dunno if i'll get any takers.

teaMJPx says:

This is good, maybe there will be new phones. I thought I read that dell would steer away from the mobile industry... A VP2 would be sweet. I wanted the VP when it came out but got the Arrive since it was he only thing Sprint had. I like the onscreen on WP though but a phys kb is always a + for me since I use the phone to edit docs and whatnot...

OMG55 says:

If MS isn't going to make the surface phone, I would love for them to negotiate with Dell to make an Alienware WP8 with the glowing Alienware logo and a simple cursive Microsoft signature on the rear

jlynnm350z says:

Can't imagine throwing around millions and billions of dollars, must feel like being god. . . Just a little bit

CJ Thunder says:

If your name is on the building, don't go public. Obviously his dreams and long term goals were different than the majority of the investors. Good for him.

MediaCastleX says:

Seriously, look at what happened to Norman Osborn...then again, look what happened to his Board! Ah, comics lol =P #Spiderman

Fade_z says:

Always good for an company wanting to go there own direction without having to consult shareholders

RobbCab says:

Someone ran seventyeighter on that DVP

Sam Sabri says:

That would be Daniel Rubino, our overlord. 

RobbCab says:

Somehow it looks better on the DVP than on my old (now my 3-YO daughter's) Arrive.

jubbing says:

Where can I buy a cheap DVP these days?

M_VwithDVP says:

When I bought mine (mid february) I got it on 200 bucks unlocked from BBuy new. But you can easily get one on Amazon for about 130. And btw, there has been some real progress towards jailbreaking the phone, thread here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1429523&page=31

vtective says:

I loved my Venue Pro!

Cool hope they make more Windows devices and apps software etc cause Windows 8 needs the support!

blackprince says:

Dell and Microsoft going to release some great Enterprise combos. As long as I can buy some Alienware next year, the better.

MediaCastleX says:

I don't see why the enterprise couldn't benefit from a serious business Windows Phone? I definitely understand that Nokia is seriously making some strides there, hp should take note! =/

I'm so glad this finally happened. Part of me wishes this would happen for Microsoft too.

kriz225 says:

Here's a question... if everyone's moving to the corporate sector, who the hell is left to man the consumer markets? ^_^

Lets see what happens from here. A new keyboard WP device would be nice.

Evster88 says:

I miss the DVP. It replaced my HD7 and has remained my favorite Windows Phone to date. Perfect screen size, great battery and a portrait qwerty keyboard.. What's not to love?

yeungl says:

I am still using my DVP. Love the hardware, hate the company. Worst customer support I ever seen. I will not get any mobile device from Dell anymore.

Qisda says:

I've used many different Windows Phones, I keep coming back to the DVP. Typing this on one right now. People ask me all the time what kind of phone it is. I wish someone would make a WP 8 portrait slider...

Whatever happened to dell and the other OEMs that helped kick start WP7 its like they all left

Rockartisten says:

"The deal was helped along with a $2 billion loan from Microsoft. Is anything changing for Dell?"
 
Dell business phones with Windows Phone incoming. :)

smoledman says:

Sad day. I bought 2 Dell PCs(2001, 2004). I never really liked them, but they were the PCs to buy back then.

Laura Knotek says:

I don't think Dell has any interest in the smartphone market at this time.