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October 22, 2010  3:18 PM

MSP label tainted, pipelines in flux and other VAR takeaways



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies

The "managed service provider" moniker that used to be golden has actually become a deterrent to business, according to the SearchITChannel.com channel advisory board. "We dropped the MSP label--it turned into a dirty word," said board member Kevin McDonald, vice president of

October 22, 2010  1:30 AM

Ballmer announces two candidates for Ozzie position



Posted by: badarrow
Ballmer, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Ozzie

  The names will surprise you. Or maybe not.   [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/HJajOG9dL2s" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


October 20, 2010  11:46 PM

Microsoft Live Meeting outage–that’s gotta hurt



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Live Meeting, Microsoft Office 365, outage

Microsoft Live Meeting went bust today. I know this because a partner event was cancelled this morning because of technical difficulties. Continued...

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October 18, 2010  9:05 PM

Ray Ozzie leaving Microsoft gig



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

Ray Ozzie is leaving his post at Microsoft, company CEO Steve Ballmer said today. In a memo to staff posted to the company's Web site, Ballmer wrote: 

"With our progress in services and the...


October 18, 2010  4:09 PM

Sun VARs get (temporary) reprieve from Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, OPN, Oracle, Oracle Partner Network, Sun, Sun VARs

Sun VARs have been given another two weeks aboard the Oracle partner program to close deals before losing their ability to do so. Continued »


October 18, 2010  3:45 PM

Beware of sharing, beware of Facebook



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Bing, Facebook, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, privacy, Zynga

Granted, Facebook is addictive. Especially the Scrabulous/Scrabble part which is what got me hooked. For many others,  Zynga's FarmVille, Mafia Wars game portfolio is the original hook. And for those people--there's a rude awakening. Without knowing it, they have "overshared" their data.


October 13, 2010  2:53 PM

Microsoft-Citrix V-alliance push piggybacks on VMworld Europe



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Citrix, desktop virtualization, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, V-alliance, VMware, VMworld Europe

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/HpLmj4-lfAg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]   As we all know, VMworld Europe is all  about Microsoft and Citrix. Or so say Microsoft and Citrix.


October 12, 2010  5:01 PM

Windows 7 phone reviews mixed, but everyone loves the ad



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Windows 7 phone

After so much build up that no one really seemed to care about a launch event, Microsoft finally launched Windows 7 Phone Monday in  New York. And sooprise, sooprise, there were some good reviews.


October 6, 2010  7:35 PM

Neutron Jack slams HP board



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Jack Welch, Leo Apotheker, Marc Andreessen, Mark Hurd, Ray Lane

HP's board can't catch a break these days. Now it's  Jack Welch getting in on the action, terming...


September 30, 2010  9:51 PM

HP names Apotheker CEO, brings Lane on



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Ray Lane, SAP

SAP veteran Leo Apotheker is HP's new CEO. Perhaps more interesting, is that Ray Lane, a venture capitalist and a former president of Oracle was named to HP'sboard.  Oracle, famously,...


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