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October 27, 2008  8:16 AM

Hasta la vista, Vista!



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Microsoft, Tech Blogs

Microsoft is using this week's Professional Developers Conference to celebrate the birth of Windows 7, its next operating system. And guess who wasn't invited to the party? Windows Vista. Of the 194 sessions at the PDC, 22 are devoted to...

October 24, 2008  10:17 AM

PDC priority: Proving Microsoft’s mojo



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

Has Microsoft lost its mojo? There's something different in the air. Microsoft is doing its best to drum up an uproar around next week's Professional Developers Conference (PDC). The company's code-name generator is in overdrive -- nothing new there. But it's become painfully obvious that the...


October 22, 2008  2:08 PM

Bad economy good for VMware? And Microsoft?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, IT buyer market research, Microsoft, News, Server virtualization, Tech Blogs, VMware

VMware posted strong financial results yesterday, despite the weak economy and increased competition from Microsoft. The virtualization market leader took in $472 million in its third quarter -- a 32% increase over last year and more than Wall Street expected. Ashlee Vance of The New York...


October 14, 2008  8:46 AM

The official Windows 7 name: Windows 7



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Microsoft, News

Microsoft is going retro with its operating system naming conventions. The company announced yesterday that Windows Vista's successor will be called Windows 7. Windows 7 has...


October 13, 2008  11:28 AM

Microsoft-Yahoo coming back to life?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Microsoft, Reseller blogs

As Yahoo's stock dives, speculation is rising that Microsoft could make another acquisition bid. In May, at the height of negotiations, Microsoft offered Yahoo $33 per share -- a significant premium, but still a price that Yahoo execs said undervalued the company. Now, with

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October 10, 2008  9:32 AM

Amazon tiers S3 prices, provides volume discount



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Information technology services, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

Amazon Web Services LLC is "tiering" the pricing on its hosted storage system. Amazon Simple Storage Service (or S3) in the U.S. had charged 15 cents per gigabyte of stored data. That rate will hold for the first 50 terabytes but now as you...


October 6, 2008  11:12 AM

Microsoft plots SQL Server 2010



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News

Microsoft's database folks say that SQL Server 2010 (yes, that's the shocking name of the next release) will make it out in the 36-month window the company has prescribed for database releases.  It's promised for the first half of Calendar Year 2010. SQL Server 2008 shipped last August. "We...


October 2, 2008  10:30 AM

Windows Cloud coming to Microsoft PDC



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Google, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), VMware

For much of this year, Microsoft has been trying to convince people that it's serious about Software as a Service (or "


October 1, 2008  10:03 AM

Windows, SQL Server moving to Amazon cloud



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

So Amazon.com dropped a bomb today. In a short email, the company told reporters that Windows and Microsoft SQL Server will be running soon in Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2.) This is very very big news. EC2 is famously non-Windows oriented, much...


October 1, 2008  7:53 AM

R.I.P., V.A.R.?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Managed services providers, Microsoft, VAR training, certification

If you're a value-added reseller, I've got some bad news for you. Are you sitting down? You should probably be sitting down for this one. You ready? OK. Here goes ... You're dead. Continued...

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