Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – February 24th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings. 

Story of the Week

Dell Goes on Ultrabook Diet With Slimmed-Down Laptop Wall Street Journal – February 23, 2012
As 2012 rolls on, consumers shopping for a PC will be seeing more of the thin, light, quick-starting Windows laptops called ultrabooks.Big names like Lenovo and Toshiba already have entered this new category, and on Tuesday, Dell will introduce its first ultrabook, the XPS 13, starting at $999.

Other Dell News

Dell Buys Software Maker AppAssure Wall Street Journal – February 24, 2012
Dell Inc. acquired backup and replication software maker AppAssure Software Inc. in its first software acquisition since forming its software group

Dell acquires AppAssure, eyes backup software ZDNet – February 24, 2012
Dell said Friday that it has acquired AppAssure, a backup and recovery software company. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The deal represents the first acquisition since Dell formed its software division under former CA CEO John Swainson.

Two senior executives honoured for economic contributions to S'pore Channel News Asia – February 24, 2012
SINGAPORE: Two senior executives have been conferred national honours for their economic contributions to Singapore. Former Director-General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, Mr Giovanni Bisignani, was conferred the Public Service Star by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Friday. Mr Stephen Felice, who is the President and Chief Commercial Officer of Dell, was awarded the Public Service Medal.

Dell president expects IT spending to gather pace Market Watch – February 24, 2012
Dell Inc. DELL +0.83% expects spending on information technology by U.S. companies to pick up in the second half of this year after it showed some improvement since the fourth quarter, Dell President Steve Felice said Friday

Dell's First Ultrabook, XPS 13, to Ship Next Week PC World – February 23, 2012
Dell will start shipping its first ultrabook, the XPS 13, in the U.S. and Canada starting next week, the company said on Thursday.

Dell Banking on Major Server Refresh Server Watch – February 22, 2012
“Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) reported its fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2012 results late Tuesday, showing continued growth in the enterprise sector.”

Dell Off 5%: FYQ4 Revenue Beats; Q1 Rev View Weak Barron’s – February 21, 2012
Dell (DELL) this afternoon reported fiscal Q4 revenue slightly better than analysts expected but missed on the bottom line by a penny.

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Industry Quotes & Insight

“Dell is actively working to focus on higher margin businesses such as software and services over PCs.” Larry Dignan, ZDNet

“I've been testing the Dell XPS 13, and there is a lot to like about it, even beyond its compact dimensions. I found it to be solid and well built, speedy and with a good, backlit keyboard, a bright screen, and good looks. It emerged from standby mode quickly and reliably.” Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

"Mr. Bisignani and Mr. Felice have been instrumental in the development of Singapore's aviation and information technology and enabling Singapore to grow our position as a leading business location for international companies," said Mr Yip.” Julia Ng, Channel News Asia

“Some XPS 13 features include Smart Connect technology, which keeps the laptop connected to the Internet in sleep mode so email and social network feeds can be updated. That feature is also available on other ultrabooks.” Agam Shah, IDG News

“The Round Rock, Texas based computer maker has had strong sales growth in the Asia-Pacific region and aims to grow in double digits this year, Felice said without giving an exact forecast.” Gaurav Raghuvanshi, Market Watch

“Looking forward, Dell CEO and Founder Michael Dell, sees a bright future for servers in 2012."I think what we're seeing is the replacement cycle actually accelerating a bit on servers," Dell said during his company's earnings call.” Sean Michael Kerner, Server Watch

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