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March 7, 2008  3:27 PM

Microsoft has no hosted ERP plans, exec says



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

Hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is not in Microsoft's future, according to one exec. Microsoft offers hosted customer relationship management (CRM) software through its Dynamics CRM Live service, but corporate vice president

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March 5, 2008  1:34 PM

IE 8, Silverlight betas highlight Mix 08



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Microsoft

As expected: IE 8 and Silverlight are taking center stage at Microsoft's Mix 08 show in Vegas. So far, company execs announced that  beta 1 of Internet Explorer 8 is out or will be soon and

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March 5, 2008  8:46 AM

Microsoft Office Live Workspace vs. Google Docs: Who will win?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, Google, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS), Tech Blogs

Microsoft Office Live Workspace and Google Docs are going mano a mano over on ReadWriteWeb, where a

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March 5, 2008  6:47 AM

What do you know about Web 2.0?



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Application development, Authors, Heather Clancy, IT buyer market research, Software as a service (SaaS)

Forrester Research has some pretty terrific demographic research that tends to get me thinking. Yes, I know, frightening thought. One area it has been covering pretty closely is what it calls "social computing," which is another way of talking about what other might lump under the category of Web...


March 3, 2008  9:44 PM

Microsoft reverses course on IE 8 render default



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Microsoft

Microsoft has changed the default rendering setting of Internet Explorer 8 so the browser will support the latest Web standards. That is a shift in plan -- which was to make the standard "IE...


February 26, 2008  10:29 PM

Craving managed services stats and best practices? CompTIA wants to help



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel partner programs, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Managed services providers, Software as a service (SaaS), VAR training, certification

With most consumers of information technology expected to ratchet up their spending on managed services this year, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has started a Web site intended to aid VARs and resellers figuring out whether the business model is right for their own...


February 22, 2008  11:25 AM

Paul Maritz takes his Pi to EMC



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, EMC, Microsoft, Open-source, Server virtualization, Software as a service (SaaS), Virtualization

EMC is buying Pi Corp., and Pi's founder, Paul Maritz, will now head EMC's software-as-a-service effort. The news was reported by

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February 21, 2008  12:27 PM

EC to Microsoft on interop: Show me



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Linux, Microsoft, Open-source, Software as a service (SaaS)

Prove it. The European Commission has heard it all before when it comes to Microsoft's vows to be more interoperable and generally better behaved than in the past. Basically, Microsoft has never won good marks in the "works well with others" category, at least in the eyes of European...


February 15, 2008  1:50 PM

PR-mageddon!



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Cisco, Managed services providers, SMB

One of the toughest parts of being an IT writer is deciphering the press releases that vendors send out to pitch their latest products, services and partner programs. Some are well written, informative and easily understandable. But a lot are heavy on what the Wall Street Journal recently...


February 15, 2008  10:08 AM

How’s this for a compelling marketing slogan? ‘Boycott Software Sweatshops’



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Application development, Authors, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Reseller blogs, Reseller channel business development

Spoke a couple of weeks back with Raza Imam, managing partner of Adaptive Solutions, a software engineering and custom development firm in Chicago about some rather, eh, extraordinary marketing tactics he is using to draw attention to his...


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