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Microsoft is looking to buy into struggling PC company Dell who recently announced they are looking to “go private”.According to US sources, Microsoft is preparing to take a stake worth $1 billion to $3 billion, though the leveraged buyout is still expected to be dominated by a private equity firm.

In 2012 Dell has struggled to maintain its lead consumer PC segment as consumers moved to tablets and products from Apple and devices running the Google Android OS.

In Australia the Company has had a lot of success in the enterprise market with their servers and storage offerings. Private ownership is expected to provide more flexibility if the company continues to change its strategy.

The first reports surrounding the possible buyout pointed to talks between CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. The Dell founder is said to be willing to provide his own stock, worth $3.6 billion, with the aim of raising enough capital for a total purchase price between $22 billion and $25 billion.

Dell has yet to publicly confirm the reports.

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