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December 21, 2009  7:49 PM

Customer satisfaction now core to Microsoft Gold designation

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, Julie Bennani, Microsoft, Microsoft channel, Microsoft Partner Network

Spoke with Julie Bennani, general manager of the Microsoft Partner Network, Worldwide Partner Group, about the new customer satisfaction survey process that will be part of earning a Microsoft Gold badge moving forward. Solution providers seeking the designation will now need to produce 10...

December 21, 2009  4:16 PM

Microsoft CFO to be General Motors CFO

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, CFO, Chris Liddell, General Motors, IT channel products and services, Microsoft

Chris Liddell must like a challenge. The outgoing CFO of Microsoft is now the ingoing CFO for General Motors. Liddell had spent four years at Microsoft, following a stint at...

December 9, 2009  4:57 AM

Hot channel trends to watch in 2010

Posted by: badarrow
Android phones, Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Business Productivity Online Suite, deskop virtualization, Google, iPhones, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, VDI, VMware

Desktop virtualization will be big. Cloud computing and new client hardware? Also hot topics, but there's less agreement about whether they'll drive channel opportunities and profits. Yes, the channel advisory board has weighed in on the hot technologies they see driving...

November 16, 2009  5:03 AM

Microsoft PDC 09: The pressure’s on

Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, AWS, Azure, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, PDC 2009, Professional Developers Conference, Ray Ozzie

In the past, Microsoft has used its Professional Developers Conference to talk pie in the sky. Promises made one year for the next typically dribbled out months, even years late and functionally short. Longhorn anyone? That can't happen anymore.  With PDC...

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November 9, 2009  3:54 PM

More Novell cuts, follow Microsoft cuts

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

If the recession is, in fact,  winding down, employment truly is a trailing indicator, with tech companies continuing to cut headcount. Last week, both Novell and Microsoft cut jobs. Novell sliced 3% -- or about 100 to 130 --  of its...

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November 3, 2009  8:25 PM

Google and Microsoft trading places in mail

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, Google Apps, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft

So, Google wins a big, prestigious $7.2 billion email account --for 30,000 Los Angeles municipal workers . Google Apps Premier is displacing Novell Groupwise there.  But Google beat out the...

October 29, 2009  5:50 PM

Economic woes linger, but it’s time to plan for growth

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel, economic growth, Microsoft

OK, so not every economic indicator we're seeing right now is positive, although the revelation today that GDP grew 3.5 percent in the third quarter (instead of the 3.2 percent predicted) is definitely cause for at least a "Woo-Hoo!" (

October 28, 2009  6:56 PM

Azure gets eclipsed

Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Eclipse, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, software developers

Microsoft continues its push to make its proposed Azure cloud plat form palatable to developers beyond the Windows realm and an embrace of Eclipse is bound to do that.  Toward that end, Microsoft signed two proxies--Tasktop Technologies and Soyatec-- to help make the Eclipse software...

October 21, 2009  4:15 PM

Top five IT channel lessons for the quarter

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel advisory board, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, public cloud, Sun

VARs remain extremely cautious on public cloud computing and are obsessed with which vendor giants will remain standing after more expected M&A activity. Those are but two highlights of this quarter's Advisory Board call. But there...

September 29, 2009  3:24 AM

Vista-reminiscent marketing blitz starts for Windows 7

Posted by: badarrow
Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows 7 launch party

When the geniuses behind WIndows 7 marketing came up with the idea for customer-hosted launch parties (and associated Windows 7 launch party prep videos) I'm sure they didn' t expect the most...

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