A few days ago, it was reported that Apple has become the valuable company in history. But the way the world sometimes works is that if one company is doing well then another company might be doing poorly. And that company is apparently Dell, which changed forecasts in profits, lowering them by 20 percent. Part of it, says the company, is just the plain old slow economy. Part of it is a gradual shift into being more of an enterprise company rather than a personal sales company. But it goes deeper than that and it points to a significant shift in what people want out of their computers.
Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell’s strategy of using acquisitions (DELL) to add software, storage and networking equipment has been slow to offset declining sales of desktops and laptops, which account for half (DELL) of revenue. Consumers and businesses increasingly favor the iPad and other tablet computers over traditional machines.