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August 26, 2007  11:52 AM

Ruh, roh: Windows Genuine Advantage goes belly up

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

Just when you thought Microsoft might catch a PR break after public Google miscues, word leaks (erupts?) that its reviled 

August 23, 2007  4:52 PM

Golden Google gets tarnished

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

It was bound to happen. Google, the maestro of sleek (i.e. non Microsoft-like) interfaces and Web applications and services, is starting to feel some pain. Netcraft, picking up a report on the Blogger status page, reports that Blogger and Blogspot -- Google...

August 21, 2007  1:16 PM

Microsoft announcement at VoiceCon fuels Cisco rivalry

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Collaboration software, Microsoft, Networking technology, News, VoIP over IP (VoIP)

By Barbara Darrow Never one to let an event go by without putting in its two cents, Microsoft said at VoiceCon today that six companies, including Intel, LG-Nortel, Polycom and Texas Instruments,...

August 20, 2007  10:42 AM

Big deal hits in not-so-quiet August

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, News, Virtualization

It was some August for industry watchers. While many of us were at the beach, there was a lot of moving and shaking going on. Witness Citrix’ half-a-billion-dollar buyout of Xensource, the virtualization paragon. See this blog for an...

August 16, 2007  7:24 AM

“Bloated, business-reject” Vista will surpass XP, but not any time soon

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel, Microsoft, News

Gartner: Vista will surpass XP, but not any time soon Windows Vista will overtake Windows XP sales, but not for a couple of years, according to recent Gartner estimates. Gartner predicts Vista sales will surpass declining XP sales sometime in the middle of 2009. Their projections show worldwide...

August 15, 2007  6:31 PM

Citrix swallows XenSource

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Data storage management, Intel, Linux, Microsoft, Open-source, Reseller channel business development, Server virtualization, Virtualization

Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced that it will acquire XenSource, Inc., for $500 million – a move that will catapult the company into the server and desktop virtualization market. ...

August 14, 2007  1:17 PM

VAR eye view: Mail migrations overstated

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, IBM, Microsoft, News

When Microsoft made the second beta of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 available to testers on Monday, it used the occasion to once again tout mass migrations of IBM/Lotus Notes customers into the Microsoft...

August 8, 2007  9:06 AM

Attention database fans: New SQL Server ‘08 bits available

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel, Microsoft

Microsoft has made a new SQL Server 2008 code available for testers. Click here to download this, the second, Community Technical Preview (CTP) of the database. This CTP includes more functionality around the...

August 1, 2007  12:12 PM

Microsoft partners pack Surface demos; too bad it won’t do them any good

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft

Microsoft Surface, the company’s prototype table computing device (that looks like a giant iPhone) caused quite a stir among Microsoft solution providers at its recent Worldwide Partner Conference debut.The thing—which allows direct manipulation of on-screen, er on tabletop icons—was...

July 31, 2007  11:28 AM

Good News, bad news For Microsoft Business Solutions

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft

Here’s an interesting nugget from last Thursday’s Microsoft Financial Analysts Meeting. Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft Business Systems, said the company’s business solutions effort (that’s ERP plus CRM plus related goods and services) surpassed the billion-dollar mark in the last...

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