DUDE!! Microsoft and Dell don't compete!! Dell is hardware and Microsoft is, as the name inplies, software... Yes, they'd love to buy out Apple, but there is a safeguard we call "Monopoly Laws" that would prevent that (and buying out small companies to an extent). Actually, I should put it this way: Microsoft needs companies like Dell and IBM to stay alive. Without hardware producers (wait...Dell doesn't actually make hardware...), Microsoft would sink. Apple makes their own computers (though I don't like them...), and Linux is in the same situation as Microsoft. They need hardware companies.