"The PC is not dead," says excited Michael Dell at shock Technology Camp appearance

ITProPortal once more took to the skies this week, this time heading to the incredible city of Paris for the sixth ever Dell Technology Camp event, and it threw up a couple of major talking points.

The unquestionable highlight of Technology Camp 2013 was a shock appearance from none other than Michael Dell, the man who gave birth to the business back in the 1980s.

Michael Dell's takeover of the company has been one of the biggest tech stories of the year, with his bid to privatise the firm turning into a very public affair. The Dell founder and CEO came up against fierce competition in the form of billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who spiced things up by saying, "Very often the founder of the company should not be running it later when it matures and I don't think [Michael Dell] has done a good job," later adding, "They should have held him accountable years ago."

Eventually, after much speculation and controversy, the company went private last month in a monster $25 billion (£15.5 billion) piece of business, which the now owner claims is the largest deal of its kind, in terms of revenue.

This major change was, naturally, the key subject of Mr Dell's speech.

With a telling grin, he admitted that the process of privatisation was more troublesome than he initially anticipated, but that the move was well worth it. "We now have the ability to be as aggressive as we want to be," was one of his most resounding statements, hinting that the company in its public state was not as free or agile as he wanted it to be.

He also described the transition as a journey back to the firm's original "entrepreneurial roots," and confessed that he is "excited" by the transformation.

According to Mr Dell, the company is no longer held back by "the affliction of short-term thinking," saying that public companies tend to employ an 89-day planning cycle, which can restrict ideas. Instead, he wants to plan in the long-term, formulating five-year and 10-year strategies. This, according to Mr Dell, was the biggest factor that persuaded him to take the firm private.

He outlined some of these to the audience, stressing Dell's growing focus on innovation, the enterprise market and grabbing a slice of the emerging markets. According to Mr Dell, the organisation is expanding its research and development strategy, and has filed more patents this year than ever before.

One thing he stressed is that Dell will not relax its PC line. Despite the negativity surrounding the market and the simultaneous rise and rise of the tablet, his message was clear and resounding: "The PC is not dead."

Michael Dell also offered up his opinion on goings-on in the wider world of technology. Just a few days after the launch of Nokia's 2520 Windows 8.1 RT tablet, Dell's helmsman picked on Microsoft's poorly-received operating system, branding it "a mistake."