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June 29, 2009  7:27 PM

Extended lives for notebook translating into growth in replacement battery sales

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Did you know that sales of rechargeable batteries reached $36 billion in 2008? Or that some projections call for this figure to hit $51 billion by 2013?

Certainly, you can’t attribute that entire amount to replacement batteries for computers, but businesses all over the world and of every size are rethinking the life expectancies for existing corporate hardware. That means they may be more willing to spring for a new notebook battery than in the past, as the efficiency of older ones takes a nosedive.

That thinking is reflected in Tech Data’s recent decision to sign up Oncore Power Systems, which makes products for leading brands including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP-Compaq, IBM-Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba.

I’m sure the margin isn’t mind-boggling or anything, but this could be one more relationship in your arsenal of technologies that underscore your ability to recommend hardware strategies that are more energy efficient and environmentally sound. To get things started, Oncore is offering commercial resellers an instant rebate of 45 on all replacment batteries and power adapters that they buy through July 31; government and education resellers can snag an instant rebate of $10 on these items.

June 26, 2009  5:28 AM

Windows 7 pricing news

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Windows 7 pricing was posted on the Windows Team Blog Thursday.

Estimated retail price (ERP) on upgrades is $119.99 for Win 7 Home Premium; $199.99 for Professional; $219.99 for Ultimate. These (U.S.) prices are presumably for users moving from either Windows XP or Vista. Continued »

June 26, 2009  5:00 AM

Microsoft ProPlus SKU

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Circling back to the new ProPlus SKU for Office 2010–mentioned this week by SharePoint director Tom Rizzo.

Microsoft last month had confirmed the future SKU and that it will include OneNote and SharePoint Workspace (nee the Groove client) in addition to the usual Office suspects, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Excel etc.

June 24, 2009  6:36 PM

Hospital confirms Jobs’ surgery; Apple still mum

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

A Memphis hospital confirmed that it did, indeed, perform liver transplant surgery on Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple, has yet to mutter a word on the topic. Continued »

June 24, 2009  5:30 PM

Appzero dares Microsoft to dive into server app virtualization

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

One of the many zillion-dollar questions in the cloud computing hypefest is when server-side application virtualization will take off.

Upstarts like Appzero want to know why Microsoft and other software  incumbents aren’t jumping on the bandwagon to virtualize big-iron database, ERP and other server-delivered apps. Appzero CEO Greg O’Connor asked the question, and then helpfully answered it in a blog post late last month.  
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June 24, 2009  4:07 PM

SAP looking to buy Tibco?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Tibco’s one of those companies that needs to be bought. Is SAP the company to do it? Barrons’, citing ome German media reports, opens up the possibility.

June 24, 2009  3:48 PM

Microsoft honors partners

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Drum roll please: Microsoft’s partner of the year winners and finalists were announced earlier today. The company said the winners were culled from over 2,000 entries and will be honored at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans next month. Continued »

June 24, 2009  10:54 AM

1nService bucks economy, adds five new members

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

It’s refreshing to hear about a growth story when other economic statistics beg us to be depressed. So, here’s one for you: the 1nService organization, which is a group of regional integrators and VARs who act both individually in their respective local markets and collectively across North America, has taken on five new affiliate members. Continued »

June 23, 2009  2:02 PM

Renamed Groove to go into SharePoint Pro Plus license

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

With the Sharepoint 2010 release, Microsoft will take the Groove client, newly renamed SharePoint Workspace, into the SharePoint Pro Plus license and out of the enterprise SKU. Tom Rizzo director of SharePoint talked up the news today at the SharePoint Technology Conference in Cambridge, Mass. the move means those Pro Plus licensees will get their Groove.

It’s unclear if a standalone Groove client license will still be available going forward.

June 20, 2009  3:45 PM

Report: Jobs had liver transplant

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Last night, The Wall Street Journal reported that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago in Tennessee. What’s interesting in this report, beyond the obvious new information, is what’s not  there. As in sourcing. There is none. (Here’s a version of the story that requires no WSJ log-on.)

No doubt that the transplant happened, but it’s intriguing that there’s no source attribution at all. No “people close to the company” or “a source with knowledge of the situation.” Or a “friend of Steve.” The WSJ reporters apparently were handed this scoop by….well… by no one.  The ubiquitous Katie Cotton is heard from, barely:

“Steve continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there’s nothing further to say,” the Apple spokeswoman said.

A conspiracy theorist might say an Apple protege, worried about continued shareholder angst over Apple’s refusal to disclose more on the health status of its fearless leader, dropped a dime, with the condition that no one, NO ONE, be fingered as a source.

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