Powerful computers and competitors were fit to be featured this past week. Let's take a closer look.
Dude, you are so not getting a Dell
Things are starting to get spiffed up at Dell Computer
It's a good move by Dell, which I seem to associate lately with marketing materials promoting entry-level $399 systems. Not that there's anything wrong with catering to the low-end market; it's just that way too many entry-level users never really outgrow the bargain-priced models. Emphasizing its higher-end fare may help margins as well as the perception of Dell's brand in luxury computing. Until now, high-end systems on the consumer side were usually the handiwork of niche players like Alienware and Falcon Northwest. Their systems are geared toward diehard gamers.
With the eventual release of Microsoft's
Dell could certainly use the boost. Its stock has had a wonderful run in the past, but it has gone nowhere since Stock Advisor recommended it last year.
And Mr. Softy makes three
The Vista operating system may be a year or two away, but Microsoft's vision toward the future has already taken a significant step, now that the software titan has officially thrown its hat into the paid-search space. Setting up its own contextual advertising was simply a matter of time. The company gave LookSmart
Until now, Yahoo! and Google
Either way, make room for one more at the paid-search table. By the look of Microsoft's girth, I'm guessing it packs quite the appetite.
The headlines behind this week's stories:
Until next week, I remain,
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz loves to take a look back, even though he realizes that an investor cannot live off the rearview mirror alone. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Foo l has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.