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September 16, 2007  9:48 PM

HP and SAP: A winning combo?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IBM, Microsoft, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS)

A good source swore last week that Hewlett Packard is talking with SAP about buying the ERP kingpin. This guy is tight with HP insiders. And knee-jerk doubts aside, the idea is not so farfetched. Please note: I know nothing more about a potential deal than what this guy is saying. But, let's...

September 11, 2007  10:35 PM

Sun, Microsoft to write another interop chapter?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Open-source, Sun

Tomorrow afternoon Sun and Microsoft will co-host a conference call to talk up hopefully some tangible new facet of their plan to make their respective operating systems and toolsets work well together.

September 11, 2007  8:03 PM

Symantec CEO takes shots at Microsoft’s security play

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Microsoft, Network and application security, News

The conference is called Symantec Partner Engage, but CEO John Thompson took an hour after his keynote address in San Diego this morning to engage reporters in a roundtable discussion. And it didn't take long for the conversation to steer towards Microsoft's plans to compete in the security...

September 11, 2007  10:17 AM

BizTalk server debuts RFID, more B2B and vertical-industry support

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News

The latest version of Microsoft BizTalk Server is out this week (Monday), complete with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, more business-to-business functionality and built-in industry-specific support. Those features will make BizTalk Server 2006 R2 easier for Microsoft partners to...

September 10, 2007  7:12 AM

SaaS players in shoving match for partner attention

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

The next few weeks will be big for the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) category. is about to host its DreamForce event. NetSuite's IPO is on its way. SAP will unveil A1S on September 19 in New...

September 6, 2007  12:41 PM

File under ‘Duh’: Microsoft meeting to stress software

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

Today is Microsoft’s big company meeting at Safeco Field. The usual occupants, the Mariners, are off doing battle on the road--not too successfully—against the Yankees. But I digress.

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September 5, 2007  9:39 PM

Novell fills Microsoft Silverlight gap

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

When Microsoft announced availability of its Silverlight 1.0 multimedia building block earlier today, the big news was that Novell  would provide a Linux version of the tool.

In his

August 31, 2007  9:38 AM

Microsoft’s slow-motion train wreck

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Microsoft, Server virtualization

Microsoft’s acknowledgement this week that Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn) won’t   

August 29, 2007  10:30 PM

Microsoft buys Parlano to bolster ‘enterprise chat’

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Microsoft, Server virtualization

Less than two months before it launches  Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft is buying...

August 29, 2007  10:42 AM

Microsoft: Vista SP1 beta due soon, Windows Server 2008 RTM early 2008

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Network and application security, Reseller blogs, Server virtualization

For partners who’ve been wondering, Microsoft says it will make Windows Vista SP 1 beta available within weeks to “a moderate sized audience." The service pack will address reliability and performance issues, new hardware support and support for emerging...

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