London - Microsoft is among a group of investors looking to mount a £16bn takeover bid for Dell.

The software company could stump up £1.9bn to help private equity investors including Silver Lake buy out Dell, the world’s third largest maker of computers.

Microsoft, which accelerated its foray into hardware last year with the launch of the Surface tablet computer, is expected to provide a combination of debt and equity for the deal. It was also reported that Dell has formed a special committee to take a close look at any potential deal.

Dell and Microsoft refused to comment on the story. - Daily Mail