January 26, 1995 in Nation/World

Dell Forges Pact With Microsoft

From Staff And Wire Reports

Dell Computer Corp. said Wednesday it will work with Microsoft Corp. this year to market the latter company’s Windows95 operating system.

Dell said the market development agreement with Microsoft, with which it has an ongoing partnership, will let Dell offer the new operating system in its products as soon as it is available.

“We see Windows95 as the most important systems software transition of the past several years. Dell is very focused on ensuring a smooth and rapid transition for our customers,” Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of the Austin-based company, said in a news release. “Dell has been transitioning our worldwide factory integration processes to support Plug and Play since the summer of 1994.”

“We view Dell as a key industry partner and our recent activities, including this agreement, further strengthen our long-standing relationship,” Microsoft Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Gates said.

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