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September 29, 2009  3:11 AM

HP, Microsoft moves irk partners



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, compliance, ERP, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Business Solutions

Hewlett Packard channel partners were unpleased to learn this week that HP will make them foot the bill for new compliance training. HP wants all its parters to comply with the U.S. Government Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by year's end. And said compliance will set them back $120 which they...

September 17, 2009  6:42 PM

Microsoft starts testing Office Web Apps



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Office, Office Web Apps

Last year Microsoft promised light-weight, browser-born analogues to its Office applications juggernaut. Today, it's ready to let some invited outsiders test Office Web Apps. At least some of them.


September 11, 2009  6:36 PM

Microsoft Golds can still sign up for ARC



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Forrester, Gartner, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partner, partner program

It's not too late to participate in Microsoft's Analyst Relations for the Channel (ARC) pilot. Qualifying Gold partners can still sign on for Gartner or Forrester Research access until September...


September 2, 2009  4:27 PM

Not ‘getting’ the channel



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

Why is it that very smart, MIT-educated technologists cannot answer a simple question when it comes to the VARs and systems integrators that often implement the products they build? It never ceases to amaze. Earlier this week, a very smart Oracle technologist was asked what about the new


August 20, 2009  3:23 AM

VARs laud Microsoft ARC pilot



Posted by: badarrow
analyst relations, ARC program, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, partner program

Vendor partner programs are very big on training VARs on the latest-and-greatest vendor technologies--where they fall short is in helping partners with their overall business strategy. A...


August 18, 2009  4:18 PM

It’s raining Microsoft previews



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, CTPs, Exchange Server 2010, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, SQL Azure database, SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft posted a raft of software previews today, including the CTPs or community technology previews  for SQL Server Azure Database bits and SQL Server StreamInsight. The latter will be a component of SQL Server 2008 R2,...


August 13, 2009  3:19 PM

More on Office 2010 timeline



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Office 2010

It looks like Office 2010 is on track for its first-half of 2010 delivery. According to documents shared with some TAP participants, milestones are slated for the end of each month from November through...


August 10, 2009  4:45 PM

Microsoft fires up CTP generator with latest SQL Server



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Database, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2

The CTP of SQL Server  2008 R2 is now available Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability.  VARs can download the CTP and check out new support...


July 30, 2009  5:31 PM

Still waiting for the Microsoft vision



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie

A former colleague, who has worked the tech beat for more than 20 years, had some interesting thoughts the other night on the new-look Microsoft under chief software architect Ray Ozzie. His rant...


July 24, 2009  1:20 PM

Microsoft Golds rip Windows 7 RTM schedule



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partner, Windows 7

Some Microsoft Gold partners are more than miffed that they won't get their Windows 7 RTM code until after volume customers as well as hardware OEMs and ISVs. According to the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft Golds have t


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