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[January 28, 2013]

Microsoft's Possible Investment in Dell Will Create an "Unhealthy Alliance," according to Exclusive CRN Tech News Survey on the iPad

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- UBM Tech Channel's CRN Tech News, exclusively on the iPad, explores the possibility of Dell going private and Microsoft's anticipated investment in the company. According to CRN's Tech News tablet app survey, Microsoft's potential $1 billion to $3 billion investment in Dell could cause "friction" between the software giant and other PC vendors/PC OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and create "an unhealthy alliance that reduces competition in the market." The CRN Tech News iPad survey found that of the partners that see the Microsoft investment having a negative impact on their combined Dell Microsoft sales, 75 percent believe the deal will cause "friction between Microsoft and other PC vendors." In addition, 71 percent fear the combination will create "an unhealthy alliance that reduces competition in the market." Finally, 54 percent believe the Microsoft investment could lead to more "confusion/frustration" in the market.

The survey, conducted last week, come amid reports that Dell is attempting to complete what could end up as a $20 billion leveraged buyout led by private equity firm Silver Lake with financing from Microsoft, other investors and a number of banks.

The new story, "CRN Survey: Microsoft Investment In Dell Could Jeopardize OEM Partner Relationships," and additional supporting stories on this topic are available exclusively on CRN Tech News app for iPad.

"Understanding the impact this news may have on our readership, we issued our survey and secured nearly 200 respondents within days of the news to offer our readers timely reactions from the channel community," said Kelley Damore, Senior Vice President & Editorial Director, UBM Tech Channel. "By leveraging the power of the app, we can seamlessly offer compelling research and analysis our readers can't find anywhere else." To read more, download the app via the Apple app store or visit http://tablet.crn.com/.

CRN Tech News The CRN Tech news app was designed for "Road Warriors" who need access to mobile content and tools to better run their business, but also for investigative news fans interested in learning more about the IT channel's big picture. Each week, CRN Tech News users can expect hard hitting, in-depth feature stories, executive profiles and video interviews, featuring the most influential companies and individuals in the IT market today. To download the new CRN app, search "CRN Tech News" in the iPad App store or go directly to the app download page.

About UBM Tech Channel UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company, is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With more than 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives, managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit us at http://www.ubmchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ubmtechchannel.

About UBM llc UBM llc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, visit www.ubm.com.

Press Contact: Cynthia Cooper Sarah Murray, PR Contact UBM Tech Channel Attune Communications 508.416.1186 781-378-2674 cynthia.cooper@ubm.com sarah@attunecommunications.com SOURCE UBM Tech Channel

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