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Dell DID consider acquiring Gateway

Michael Dell, the CEO (opens in new tab) of the company that bears his name, has provided with clues that the number two PC company will probably start shopping around.

He also said that he did consider acquiring Gateway, its once mighty American Rival, but then decided against it.

Gateway has since been acquired by Acer, together with Emachines and Packard Bell.

Dell has only acquired minor companies to add to its portfolio.

It has recently started to sell its computers via retailers in a bid to revive its relatively sedate growth rate, something that Dell itself reviled for many years.

A recent report by research firm Gartner showed that Dell's worldwide marketshare dropped to 15.2 percent while that of HP approached 20 per cent.

As markets like US and Western Europe become mature and provides less growth, the focus will be on emerging markets and on how to cut "corporate IT management costs".

Michael Dell has also announced that it is going to launch products based on a new x86 architecture (probably AMD's Phenom) on the 14th November.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.