AUSTIN: MICHAEL DELL has taken a sly dig at Microsoft, saying to CEO Satya Nadella that the prices of its hardware, such as the Surface, are "pretty high".
Speaking on stage during an interview with Nadella at Dell World 2015, Dell's comments came in response to a question regarding whether Microsoft and Dell now see one another as rivals as both have expanded to offer products that they were not first renowned for.
The dig came after the pair were asked whether they are friends or ‘frenemies' with the arrival of the Surface, which could have been seen as stealing Dell's thunder as a PC maker.
Michael Dell responded: "We're absolutely friends," but went on to say that customer needs drive the alliances that his company makes in the industry, and that customers want Microsoft.
"When I look at what Microsoft is doing with Windows 10 and the Surface family of products, they're pushing Windows 10 into new spaces and driving the platform forward," Dell said. "I'm actually excited about that."
He added that the reason he's excited is because it's helping to drive the Windows 10 ecosystem faster.
"But the volumes are not very high, and the prices are pretty high, but it's great," Dell added, sarcastically.
The audience cackled at Dell's comments, as well as Nadella's reaction, as he seemed not to know what to say. It took him a few moments to compose himself, and ignore the comment.
"Michael said it right. At the core we're friends. That friendship is about serving the customer and that's what grounds us," he said. "You have to live your customer's reality; it can't be about the geopolitics of our industry."
The latest iteration of the Surface Pro was unveiled earlier this month and will be available starting at £749 in the UK from 7 November.
Dell and Nadella's on-stage conversation about working together came as part of the companies' joint announcement to launch a product called Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft, a service that looks to take the risks away for businesses migrating to a hybrid cloud environment. µ
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