Taking A Look Back
Once upon a time, Dell was the best at what it did: building custom-configured PCs with amazing efficiency. It dominated the market with fair prices that delivered healthy profit margins, making it the envy of the industry. That was Michael Dell's Golden Age. Today, Dell is in transition. It's a private company and is executing on a turnaround strategy, which still involves PCs but much more business services.. Dell, the company, just turned 30 years old this month, and has endured over the years. It's been a roller-coaster journey that's included wrong turns, such as Dell's failed MP3 player and smartphone ambitions. It also has had plenty of successes, such as acquiring Perot Systems in 2009, which vaulted it into the technology services business where it could compete with IBM and HP.
Here is a look back at the PC maker's storied past, from A to Z.