DELL would become MSFT's hardware division while the MSFT umbrella would allow DELL the opportunity to fine-tune its product mix. It would all fit SO nicely together! DELL is NOT a "sinkhole" but rather, a brilliant company well on the way to re-constructing itself for the current technological marketplace. By going private, DELL is getting itself out of the quarterly-earnings spotlight to buy the time necessare to complete its transformation. (I am an Austin, TX resident, DELL shareholder--as well as MSFT-- and close follower of DELL and its doings.)
MSFT is a company once again on the rise while in time AAPL has nowhere to go but down unless it can find another Steve Jobs--and that's not going to happen. The people at AAPL are now just employees, not visionary founders on a crusade.