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February 14, 2008  11:07 AM

Microsoft re-shuffles



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Ah, it's that time of year. Microsoft is re-shuffling the executive deck with Pieter Knook, the Windows Mobile guy; Mike Sievert, the Vista marketer; and Steven Berkowitz of the black hole that is online...

February 12, 2008  8:11 PM

Microsoft focus in question as report says Danger cost $500 million



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Google, Microsoft, Mobile networking technology, News, Open-source, Software as a service (SaaS)

dangerBreaking news this afternoon has cast Microsoft's acquisition of Danger in a whole new light. 

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February 10, 2008  11:52 AM

Yahoo to Microsoft: Um, no thanks



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Google, Microsoft, SMB, Software as a service (SaaS)

Yahoo's board, convinced that Microsoft is lowballing, has reportedly nixed Microsoft's $44.6 billion buyout offer.  The Wall Street Journal reported the news over the weekend.  Yahoo,  despite its...


February 10, 2008  10:19 AM

Bright idea: Rhode Island VAR attempts to demystify technology



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

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not as up-to-date on some technology trends as I used to be when I was covering some of these issues on a daily basis. Moreover, I am as susceptible to tunnel vision as the next person, although I just happen to deal with a whole bunch of tunnels at once. I've...


February 1, 2008  11:32 AM

It’s ‘Yahoo!’ time for Yahoo shareholders



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Microsoft finally made its move on Yahoo early Friday, offering north of $44 billion for the Internet portal pioneer. This the day after board member and former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel hit the road...


January 30, 2008  1:32 PM

Time for VARs to get more adept at mobile



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Mobile networking technology, News, Reseller channel business development

CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) has released some data that finds that IT departments are spending more money and resources supporting various mobile communications and computing devices, especially the BlackBerry. To start, close to two-thirds of the 816 people who...


January 28, 2008  10:14 PM

Attention MSPs: There’s a new online tech support site in town. Interested?



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Collaboration software, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Managed services providers, News, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS), VAR training, certification

The exclusive Demo conference held several times each year is usually replete with great Web concepts and technologies that won't really be relevant for the channel for at least a year down the road. But, behold, this week's conference boasts at least one major exception in the form of


January 21, 2008  1:56 PM

A tale of two stacks



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Linux, Microsoft, Open-source

Microsoft -- or at least part of Microsoft -- continues its quest to persuade open-source developers that Windows should be on their short-list of platforms. You know, right up there with Linux. Sam Ramji, the Microsoft guy whose job it is to mend fences and foster collaboration with open-source...


January 15, 2008  1:39 PM

Microsoft deal, exec exits: Coincidence or conspiracy?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Sometimes it takes a few days for the obvious to occur. Up here in the snowy northeast we call that "dawn breaking on Marblehead."

Example: Ran into an old bud (to be known as Buddy) today who, as it happens, works for


December 31, 2007  12:17 PM

From sleepers to jeepers! 5 trends that will sneak up on the high-tech channel in 2008



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Data storage management, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Managed services providers, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS)

My old, er long-time, colleague Barbara Darrow beat me to the punch about a week ago by posing 10 questions that are likely to define the businesses of every VAR, reseller, systems integrator, IT solution provider—whatever you choose to call yourself and your company—in 2008. She was wise in...


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