Feeds

Michael Dell takes The Register out to lunch

Waxes lyrical on Win2K driver delays and who he wants to buy in Europe

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Billionaire Michael Dell today labelled some of his component suppliers "irresponsible" over delays on Windows 2000 drivers.

"Either these companies didn't believe it (the Win2K operating system) would happen, or they didn't realise it would be as important as it is," the PC vendor founder told journalists while lunching at London's Lanesborough Hotel.

The comment came a day after the Texas company admitted it only started shipping the Win2K Professional upgrade for its NT4 workstations in June four months after Microsoft launched the OS.

He said customers should feel free to put the blame on Dell if they wanted to, but added that when Win2K was released his company already had 95 per cent of the necessary drivers.

It was the other five per cent that caused the delay Dell chose to wait until it had the complete upgrade to send out to customers on CD.

"A number of vendors didn't really expect Windows 2000 to be delivered when it was delivered," said Dell, who refused to name the companies behind the hold-up. "But I think it's a bit irresponsible of a company making a component not to have the drivers."

Dell, who met PM Tony Blair this morning, also talked about his venture capital business, Dell Ventures, which is looking to invest in Europe. The group has made around 90 investments in the US in the past year, worth $1 billion.

Dell said he was hunting for stakes in companies involved with wireless technology, servers and storage firms, or Internet or Linux-related investments. ®

Related Stories
Dell dithers over Win2K driver
HP Win2K OfficeJet drivers slip again

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.