One of the worst-kept secrets in Microsoft's investment history is no longer a "secret." Today, Microsoft made a $2 billion loan to one of its largest PC OEMs, Dell, as part of Dell's move to go private.
Microsoft does not own part of Dell as part of this transaction. However, the situation reminds me of another major Microsoft "investment": The billions it paid to Nokia almost exactly two years ago to help rescue a company teetering on the edge of a "burning platform."
At the time of the February 2011 Nokia … Read more