The new Core M version of the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 will be available on November 11, starting at $699. Dell products are typically available worldwide, but while the company did not immediately provide international price and release dates, the base model price translates to £437 and AU$800.
Under Rollins, Dell began to loosen its ties to Microsoft and Intel, the two companies responsible for Dell's dominance in the PC business. During that time, Dell acquired , which introduced several new items to Dell products, including microprocessors. To prevent cross-market products, Dell continues to run Alienware as a separate entity, but still a wholly owned subsidiary.
Dell is committed to product security and assurance. Dell plans on using FIPS 140-2 approved cryptographic modules in its products whenever possible. When this is not a possibility, we will ensure that any Dell product that uses cryptography has support for FIPS 140-2-approved algorithms. These areas of cryptography include symmetric and asymmetric encryption, hashing, keyed hashing, message authentication, and random number generation. We intend to continue our ongoing discussions with our Federal government customers to ensure that we understand the requirements and processes involved to meet the required cryptography standards.
The slowing sales growth has been attributed to the maturing PC market, which constituted 66% of Dell's sales, and analysts suggested that Dell needed to make inroads into non-PC businesses segments such as storage, services and servers. Dell's price advantage was tied to its ultra-lean manufacturing for desktop PCs, but this became less important as savings became harder to find inside the company's supply chain, and as competitors such as Hewlett-Packard and Acer made their PC manufacturing operations more efficient to match Dell, weakening Dell's traditional price differentiation. Throughout the entire PC industry, declines in prices along with commensurate increases in performance meant that Dell had fewer opportunities to upsell to their customers (a lucrative strategy of encouraging buyers to upgrade the processor or memory). As a result, the company was selling a greater proportion of inexpensive PCs than before, which eroded profit margins. The laptop segment had become the fastest-growing of the PC market, but Dell produced low-cost notebooks in China like other PC manufacturers which eliminated Dell's manufacturing cost advantages, plus Dell's reliance on Internet sales meant that it missed out on growing notebook sales in big box stores. has suggested that Dell was getting trapped in the increasing commoditization of high volume low margin computers, which prevented it from offering more exciting devices that consumers demanded.