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Intel Launches 8th Gen Core Processors

Intel on Monday launched the first of its 8th Gen Intel Core processors, with the initial group of chips intended to power ultrathin notebooks and two-in-ones for small businesses and consumers.

The roadmap calls for 8th Gen processors to arrive for desktop computers in the fall, with enterprise, workstation and enthusiast notebook and desktop systems coming later. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 21, 2017 at 9:59 AM0 comments


Microsoft Cloud a 'Tempting Target' for Attacks

A new Microsoft security report released this week quantifies a longstanding concern about big cloud services, namely that hyperscale clouds appeal to attackers like banks attract robbers.

After all, the Microsofts, Amazon Web Services and Googles of the world are increasingly where the users and data are. The bet by customers and the industry on big clouds is that in the arms race between attackers and defenders, the risks of putting all the data under only a few vendors' control can be outweighed by the high-quality people and processes the hyperscale vendors will be able to afford. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 18, 2017 at 11:45 AM0 comments


Kaseya Traverse 9.5 Set for September Release

The next version of Kaseya's Traverse tool will feature an enhanced visualization interface, more powerful automation profiles, and new remote control integration for the network monitoring and management platform for managed service providers (MSPs) and mid-market IT departments.

Kaseya unveiled Traverse version 9.5 on Tuesday. Currently in the final release candidate stage, the new version is expected to reach general availability at the beginning of September. It will follow the previous release, 9.4, by about 10 months. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 08, 2017 at 10:18 AM0 comments


Trouble in Detachable Tablet Land?

Now that Apple is out with its earnings, IDC has the critical iPad data necessary to refresh its assessment of the worldwide quarterly tablet market.

The short version is a decline in quarter-over-quarter tablet shipments of 3.4 percent. Total units shipped for the second calendar quarter of 2017 were 37.9 million. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 03, 2017 at 8:47 AM0 comments


Microsoft 365 Business Hits Public Preview

Microsoft's net new licensing package for small businesses, called Microsoft 365 Business, is now in public preview.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled Microsoft 365 last month at the Microsoft Inspire partner conference in Washington, D.C., as a combination of key parts of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 02, 2017 at 1:26 PM0 comments


Bounties Boosted for Busting Windows

Microsoft, an industry foot-dragger to bug bounties, seems satisfied with the results of the programs over the last few years.

The company has been offering financial rewards for the white hats who find security flaws in its products since 2012, with sporadic increases in bounty amounts and products covered, as well as occasional pop-up opportunities to find problems in select software, such as technical previews, before a specific deadline. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 27, 2017 at 12:10 PM0 comments


Gartner to Office 365 Partners: Go Vertical and Enhance Teams, Graph, Cortana and Power BI

Microsoft recently posted the full text of a lengthy report on Office 365 by independent analysts at Gartner. In it, Gartner's Craig Roth, Joe Mariano, Michael Woodbridge and Steve Crawford analyze Office 365 for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

The whole report is worth reading for a lot of insights on the technology, market forces and usage trends. Of special note to the Microsoft channel are the lengthy sections on the Office 365 partner and ISV ecosystems. After leveling criticism at Microsoft's previous approaches, including direct sales under the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and the syndication program, Gartner repeatedly lauds Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) approach as a solid strategy and notes that 20,000 partners have signed up as CSPs. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM0 comments


Microsoft Launches Partner Program To Protect Utilities

As evidence mounts that attackers are probing critical infrastructure worldwide, Microsoft is spinning up a new partner program for securing utility customers' operations through modernization.

Larry Cochrane, Azure Principal Program Manager, Energy, unveiled the Azure Certified Elite Partner Program for Cyber Analytics in Power and Utilities this month in a Microsoft blog. That post cited a flurry of recent attacks affecting the utilities industry, including devastating take-downs of the power grid in Ukraine, the WannaCry ransomware and a recent targeting of U.S. power firms, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 24, 2017 at 4:58 PM0 comments


Nachtrab Named CEO at eFolder

Five months after joining eFolder as chief strategy officer, LabTech founder Matt Nachtrab is now the MSP-focused company's CEO.

Kevin Hoffman, who has been CEO/CTO of eFolder for 10 years, is changing his title at the Denver-based private company to founder and CTO. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 21, 2017 at 8:58 AM0 comments


Dun & Bradstreet Coming to Dynamics 365

A new partnership will make Dun & Bradstreet's rich business data available in Microsoft Dynamics 365 sometime later this year.

The deal could create the potential for Microsoft partners to offer more actionable business information in Dynamics 365 solutions for customers. It could also present the opportunity for partners to use the data themselves to develop new business. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 20, 2017 at 11:56 AM0 comments


Watson To Run the Microsoft U.S. SMC Business

A big part of the major sales and marketing reorganization at Microsoft earlier this month involved splitting the business into an enterprise operating unit (EOU) and a small medium and corporate (SMC) customers unit.

For years there was an Enterprise & Partner Group (EPG) and a Small and Midsize Solutions & Partners (SMS&P) organization. Broadly speaking, enterprise customers were handled through EPG, while corporate account managed (CAM), corporate territory managed (CTM) and SMB & Distribution (SMB&D) customers went through SMS&P. Now enterprise and CAM accounts are being moved up into the vertically organized EOU, and the rest are heading into SMC. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 19, 2017 at 2:56 PM0 comments


Microsoft Inspire 2017: The Twitter Recap

  • Complete Microsoft Inspire 2017 coverage here.

RCP Editor in Chief Scott Bekker upheld his yearly tradition this week of live-Tweeting his way through Microsoft's annual partner conference. Here are the highlights from this year's keynotes:

Presiding over the kickoff presentation was Ron Huddleston, head of Microsoft's One Commercial Partner business, which was created just this year. Huddleston shared Microsoft's vision for the new unit. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 14, 2017 at 6:29 AM0 comments