A Tale of Two Competitors’ Responses to the Dell Buyout

Dell Inc.‘s $24.4 billion deal to take itself private has prompted two of its biggest competitors to make completely different public statements.

While Hewlett-Packard Co. openly said Dell “has a very tough road ahead” and vowed to take customers away from the U.S. peer Lenovo Group Ltd. took a polite, diplomatic stance, saying that Dell’s move won’t distract the Chinese company from executing its own strategy.

The Dell buyout includes a $2 billion cash infusion from Microsoft Corp., which raises questions about whether the deal could affect the U.S. software giant’s relationship

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