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July 10, 2009  1:52 PM

You too can ‘friend’ Azure

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

For those who can’t get enough of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft (or someone) has thoughtfully set up a Facebook page for the future set of hosted services. It hasn’t been updated since April, but what the heck?

July 9, 2009  12:53 PM

Sinofsky on the rise at Microsoft

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Steven Sinofsky, a Microsoft long timer known for driving efficient–and secretive–Office 2007 and now Windows 7 development efforts, got promoted. Yesterday, he was named president of the Windows division. Tami Reller, CFO of that group, now picks up marketing as well. Bill Veghte, the senior VP who lead the marketing, sales and strategic planning charge will assume another–as yet unnamed–role.

July 8, 2009  3:56 PM

Where’d Azure workflow go?

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A week before the expected roll out of the Microsoft Azure cloud services price and sales model, Microsoft has pulled back a key component service. A developer who had been working with Azure Workflow services could no longer access them as of yesterday and Microsoft says that the services will now be held up so they can support .NET 4.0. Continued »

July 7, 2009  2:11 AM

CDW survey: Midsize businesses more optimistic about IT spending, but smaller companies back off

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Reseller CDW has released its latest CDW IT Monitor, tracking IT spending intentions across all major commercial segments as well as government accounts. The good news is that midsize businesses were growing more confident during the survey period in May. The bad news is that smaller companies grew more skittish during the month. Continued »

July 6, 2009  12:34 PM

More Windows 7 downgrade confusion

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Microsoft did a good thing when it amended its planned Windows 7 downgrade rights to give PC buyers 18 months (instead of the original 6) from the October 22 ship date to downgrade to Windows XP or Vista or stick with Win 7.  So that gives you 18 months from Oct 22, or until Service Pack 1  (SP1) debuts, to decide.

But still, given that many shops wait till SP 1 to evaluate any Microsoft OS, there is still an issue.

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July 3, 2009  5:15 PM

Cisco, in sales revamp, to form new Strategic Partner Org

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Cisco is forming a new Strategic Partner Organization to manage accounts from both its worldwide channels and strategic alliances groups. The new group will report to Keith Goodwin, Cisco’s senior vice president of worldwide channels, according to a Cisco memo sent to staff late this week.

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July 2, 2009  11:10 PM

Wanted: New McAfee channel chief

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Roger King, executive vice president of channels for McAfee is no longer executive vice president of channels for McAfee.  According to a company spokeswoman, he has left the company. Continued »

July 1, 2009  11:14 PM

Oracle prez Phillips gets off good one liner

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Charles Phillips, one of the few black high-tech presidents around, kicked off today’s Oracle Fusion middleware launch with an offhand reference to another high-profile black president.

Stepping on stage at the Washington D.C. event, Phillips who is tall and lanky, said: “I know what you’re thinking….and I’m not him.” Continued »

July 1, 2009  4:50 PM

Ingram Micro gets first dibs on IBM Smart Cube

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Ingram Micro can now sell IBM’s Smart Cubes, making it the first broadline distributor to lay claim to these appliance-like devices for SMBs. Continued »

June 29, 2009  7:27 PM

Extended lives for notebook translating into growth in replacement battery sales

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Did you know that sales of rechargeable batteries reached $36 billion in 2008? Or that some projections call for this figure to hit $51 billion by 2013?

Certainly, you can’t attribute that entire amount to replacement batteries for computers, but businesses all over the world and of every size are rethinking the life expectancies for existing corporate hardware. That means they may be more willing to spring for a new notebook battery than in the past, as the efficiency of older ones takes a nosedive.

That thinking is reflected in Tech Data’s recent decision to sign up Oncore Power Systems, which makes products for leading brands including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP-Compaq, IBM-Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba.

I’m sure the margin isn’t mind-boggling or anything, but this could be one more relationship in your arsenal of technologies that underscore your ability to recommend hardware strategies that are more energy efficient and environmentally sound. To get things started, Oncore is offering commercial resellers an instant rebate of 45 on all replacment batteries and power adapters that they buy through July 31; government and education resellers can snag an instant rebate of $10 on these items.

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