Microsoft is in discussions to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion of mezzanine financing in a buyout of Dell, CNBC cited unidentified sources as saying on Tuesday. Private equity outfit Silver Lake Partners is trying to finalize a bidding group to take the world's No. 3 PC maker private.
Athough Dell is late to the lucrative services game compared to IBM and HP, analysts say it has a shot at reaching its lofty goals. Dell aims to increase services in China to 25% of total revenues coming from that country, up from the current 10%.