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ROUND ROCK, Texas, April 12, 1999 -- Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL), the world's leading direct computer systems company, took a wide lead as the No. 1 computer systems vendor to U.S. businesses with more than 500 employees during the first quarter this year, according to a recent report from ZD Market Intelligence.

In addition, Dell now also is the market share leader in total PC shipments within the overall U.S. workplace segment, according to the ZD Market Intelligence Projected Market Monitor survey. The ZD Market Intelligence study was based on preliminary results from several thousand interviews with businesses and governmental and educational institutions about their hardware and software purchases made during the prior 90 days.

"Increasingly, U.S. business customers are recognizing the value of Dell's direct model, strong product lineup and growing array of service and support capabilities," said Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell. "We are committed to building on the momentum we have established in this marketplace by continuing to enhance our enterprise solutions and providing a superior experience across our entire customer base."

Dell claimed 30.9 percent of the market in the U.S. large commercial segment in the first quarter of the 1999 calendar year, according to the ZD Market Intelligence study. The study said Dell's nearest competitor recorded a decline to 21.5 percent of the market during the period.

The study also showed that Dell had 21.2 percent market share in the overall U.S. workplace. Dell's nearest competitor saw its market share decline to 18 percent in the segment, according to the ZD survey. Dell first assumed the large commercial market share leadership position in the third quarter of 1998 and has now regained and widened it, according to the survey.

"Dell has increased market share consecutively in every quarter since the fourth quarter of 1997 and the preliminary results from the first quarter of 1999 indicate that Dell is now opening up a sizable lead . . ."the study said. The full study is available online at http://www.zdinfobeads.com/Insider/Pages/Main/Main.asp?sid=032499

Ranked No. 78 among the Fortune 500 companies and No. 363 in the Fortune Global 500, Dell Computer Corporation is the world's leading direct computer systems company, based on revenues of $18.2 billion for the past four quarters. Dell designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained through its toll-free number 1-800-388-8542 or by accessing the Dell World Wide Web site at www.dell.com.


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