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May 7, 2008  9:27 AM

Microsoft and Yahoo: Dumb and dumber



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, Microsoft, News

After reading about a gagillion articles on the Microhoo meltdown, the big mystery remains. (The only more popular topic in my household is the Roger Clemens death spiral, but it's a close call.) Is Steve...

May 3, 2008  8:58 PM

Shocker: Microsoft nixes Yahoo bid



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

Microsoft has abandoned its hard-fought -- and expensive -- bid to buy Yahoo. A post to the company's website Saturday includes a letter from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to his counterpart at Yahoo:...


May 1, 2008  10:50 AM

Intel site aims to hook up ISVs, system builders



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Intel, Microprocessors

Intel's newly launched Intel Business Exchange (that's Intel BX to you) hopes to bring ISVs and system builders together in solution sale mode. "We're looking to make sure that ISVs who've enabled on our infrastructure have a path to market. We...


April 30, 2008  5:11 PM

For an edge in future career development, brush up on those wireless skills



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Channel partner programs, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Networking technology, VAR training, certification, Vendor partner business issues, Wireless networking

This seems to be my week for rambling about training. In the blog I write for my employer, SWOT Management Group, I coughed up these thoughts about whether or not vendors should tier their training and favor their...


April 28, 2008  2:52 PM

ISVs: One stack or two?



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

If you're an ISV in the era of Saas vs. on-premise delivery models, the stack question has never been bigger. If you're going the on-premises route for your applications you must weigh the whole Java/Eclipse vs. .Net/Windows issue. If you're going to SaaS, there are SaaS-based alternatives...


April 27, 2008  5:56 PM

Microsoft’s Google goggles



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

It's Sunday and it appears that Yahoo has let Microsoft's "take our offer or else" ultimatum pass without action. By...


April 24, 2008  12:44 PM

Salesforce switcheroo: Dumping Windows for Mac?



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

Salesforce.com is reportedly dumping its Windows machines (Dell Windows machines, to be more precise) for Macs on the next corporate upgrade. This post, found by my office pal Colin Steele, has all...


April 24, 2008  8:52 AM

Microsoft names technical fellow to head Jim Gray Systems Lab



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft

Microsoft has lured David DeWitt, former head of the Univerity of Wisconsin Computer Science Department aboard as a Microsoft Fellow. He won't be leaving Badgerland behind:...


April 22, 2008  10:53 PM

Microsoft puts some meat around mesh



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

At the witching hour, Microsoft is set to post information, including a link to a "limited technology preview" of its promised Live Mesh platform. Info will be posted to the Mesh site

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April 22, 2008  4:22 PM

Salesforce.com ‘tour de force’ faces down Microsoft mesh, CRM Online



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

This battle just keeps getting hotter. Marc Benioff brought the traveling Salesforce.com "tour de force" road show to Boston today, complete with live customer and ISV testimonials. Today was also the day Microsoft went live with


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