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In a statement, Microsoft, which is loaning Dell $2 billion as part of the deal, said it is committed "to the long-term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future. We're in an industry that is constantly evolving. As always, we will continue to look for opportunities to support partners who are committed to innovating and driving business for their devices and services built on the Microsoft platform."
Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard grabbed the opportunity to take a swipe at its longtime IT rival Dell, saying in a statement that Dell faces "a very tough road ahead."
Added HP: "The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers. And with a significant debt load, Dell's ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb. We believe Dell's customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP plans to take full advantage of that opportunity."