Dell: Microsoft Surface will have "limited" impact on Dell

While Microsoft continues to keep most of its launch plans for the Windows RT version of its Surface tablet close to its chest, that isn't stopping other PC makers from commenting on the product. In a new interview, Dell CEO Michael Dell downplayed Microsoft's debut entry in the PC hardware space.

PCWorld.com reports, that, according to Dell, "I think the impact will be limited, given the number of units they expect to ship." Dell also seemed to actually welcome Microsoft's move into the PC OEM space, saying, "Anything Microsoft does to support faster Windows 8 adoption is fine by Dell."

Dell recently announced a number of upcoming PCs and tablets that will support the "Metro" touch screen UI of Windows 8. They include the notebook-tablet hybrid Dell XPS Duo 12 product with a unique looking swivel screen. It has also announced the Dell XPS 10 tablet, which will be one of the few tablets due for Windows 8's launch date that will run on the ARM-based Windows RT.

Today, Dell said, "We’ll be introducing other products for consumers and businesses closer to launch. We understand our customers’ evolving IT needs perhaps better than anyone [else] in our industry, and that insight is baked into all of our new solutions."

Source: PCWorld.com | Image via Dell

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i own a dell (a studio xps) but really, looking at their new products i decided far back that i'm switching to HP rather - when i need a new notebook; as for the Surface: designing and pricing are two key ingredients; Dell can't get either of those right

I actually quite like Dell products. I certainly prefer them to Asus and HP. Though depending on the pricing of the Surface RT, they might be right in this sense.

Recently Dell has limited impact on Dell's revenue. Fix your **** Dell, you were once the greatest, now you're on the same level with Acer and they are slowly passing you in quality

thealexweb said,
Dell you've gone from the biggest PC OEM to the 4th biggest in five years, admit your doing something wrong,

Its not Dell who is going wrong. Its customers who choose to buy from Lenovo/Acer that brought down the consumer sales. Did you care about quality or price? Does that answer your question?

aniv said,

Its not Dell who is going wrong. Its customers who choose to buy from Lenovo/Acer that brought down the consumer sales. Did you care about quality or price? Does that answer your question?

Dell......... Quality....... lol those two words dont seam right together.

Toysoldier said,

Dell......... Quality....... lol those two words dont seam right together.

Seem or Seam? Do you own a Latitude or Precision Workstation or you are a sheep who just repeats what somebody else said.

aniv said,

Seem or Seam? Do you own a Latitude or Precision Workstation or you are a sheep who just repeats what somebody else said.

I have worked with dell hardware in the past, I have nothing against their servers but everything else is ****, including their customer service in NZ, please read my post PROPERLY as I never singled out those two devices, it was regarding Dell in general.

/facepalm

remixedcat said,
that swivel thing... I hope that's metal around that and not plastic.

Knowing Dell it's cheap plastic.

Bring back horrible memories of repairing Dell laptops all day every day, horrible machines to work on so cheaply made, even HP are turning that way now

Shikaka said,

Knowing Dell it's cheap plastic.

Bring back horrible memories of repairing Dell laptops all day every day, horrible machines to work on so cheaply made, even HP are turning that way now

It is metal Also you want it to be cheap and expect the exotic build materials to be sourced from outer space? Check the Precision Mobile Workstation line if you can afford it.

Shikaka said,

Knowing Dell it's cheap plastic.

Bring back horrible memories of repairing Dell laptops all day every day, horrible machines to work on so cheaply made, even HP are turning that way now


I've owned 3 Dell Vostro laptops and all have been with metal cover for the screen and very durable plastic on the bottom, current one, 3350 fell on concrete floor from ~70 cm with just one little crack. I have also played around with friends' dells and they too are pretty sturdy machines. The only HP I used about 3 years ago broke in 6 months

ORLY? Surface will have limited impact? I'm not necessarily buying that Dell can do anything about Surface, but with the 9" Nook HD starting at just $269, I think we can take this fore-granted unless Microsoft can hit the lowest end of their price range. Do people disagree? Can Windows RT command more?

The new 9” nook has a 1920 x 1280 screen! That's heading in to iPad 3 territory at a real low price point.

a1ien said,
I think we can take this fore-granted unless Microsoft can hit the lowest end of their price range.

Hmm, "fore-granted". That's a new one.