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Apr 11 2007   6:11AM GMT

Channel news: Weak Vista launch drags down IT business; Microsoft struggles with patches

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Weak Vista launch continues to take its toll on computer industry The release of Vista was supposed to have been a boon for the computer industry, as many were expecting business and consumers to upgrade their hardware at the same time they upgraded their operating system. But, despite Microsoft’s claims to the contrary, the launch has generally been regarded as weak. The upshot is that makers of computers and parts are now being forced to ratchet down expectations. [Techdirt]

Not a good day for Microsoft Microsoft issued yet another critical security update for Windows Vista its most secure version of Windows ever, as part of the company’s Patch Tuesday set of updates. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs — the Wall Street firm that helped take Microsoft public — issued a note removing Microsoft from its “super-duper buy list,” claiming Microsoft is at a crossroads. [All About Microsoft]

Oracle to patch 37 flaws Database giant Oracle Corp. offered a preview of its April Critical Patch Update (CPU). Fixes are planned for 37 flaws across its product line.

Symantec patches flaw in Enterprise Security Manager Anti-virus vendor plugs hole that could have been exploited remotely. [eWEEK]

Despite filters, spam continues to wage war on businesses Businesses are using more spam filters, but unwanted emails continue to cost them big bucks in lost productivity.[]

HP renews SMB storage campaign With the launch of the new All-in-One 1200 and the shifting of executives to a new SMB business unit, HP is focused on its low-end products in an effort to boost growth.[]

Dell trots out Opteron virtualization servers Blog: Dell launched two new servers Tuesday that will enable customers to upgrade to Advanced Micro Devices’ quad-core Opteron chips. [CNET]

AMD Slashes Prices on Athlon Processors On the heels of its Monday announcement that first-quarter revenue would fall short of projections, Advanced Micro Devices has announced price cuts in Athlon FX and X2 desktop processors. Most of the cuts were expected as AMD prepares for price cuts planned later this month by its arch-competitor, Intel. [Newsfactor]

Interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt I spent an hour interviewing Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a cramped conference room 50 feet from his even more cramped office. (It’s so small that if you spread your arms you can almost touch both walls.) We talked about everything from Google’s competition with Microsoft and its partnership with Apple to all those data centers it is building. [Wired]

Virtual Iron Strikes OEM deals with HP, Intel, Arrow Virtual Iron is pumping up its channel program and software platform as it fights for a slot in the hotly contested virtualization software market, with the company unveiling deals with Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Arrow Electronics. [ChannelWeb]

IBM’s new server targets the ‘i’ in SMB IT layoff solution revealed — System i Express, the latest addition to the SMB System i server line. IBM hopes to woo multiple Windows-based server users with a single box that comes with a built-in OS, security tools, backup and recovery software, web-based management and a web server. [TheReg]

Seagate stock sinks after earnings stink Profits prophesy pisses stock gods. [TheReg]

Utah bans trade mark keyword ads Utah has outlawed the use of other people’s trade marks to generate business through search engines. The plan has been called unconstitutional and impractical. [TheReg]

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