08/01/2008

August 2008 - Microsoft in Transition

Where Microsoft is headed in the post-Gates era. Plus: Why partners should keep Microsoft's fiscal calendar; sailing into software plus services; hosting partners get edgy as Microsoft looks in the cloud.


In-Depth

Unlocking the Secrets of Microsoft's Calendar

By Rich Freeman

To many outside Redmond, the inner workings of the company's fiscal year are baffling at best. Our quarter-by-quarter guide removes some of the mystery -- and helps partners profit by doing the right thing at the right time.


Sailing into Software Plus Services

By Scott Bekker

Mitchell Cannady, president and CEO of Spinnaker Network Solutions, knew that selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online would change his company's course. He just had no idea how fast that would happen.


Microsoft in Transition

By Lee Pender

These are turbulent times for the software giant. The company is grappling with upheaval in the industry, in its leadership and in the way it deals with its partners. But one thing hasn't changed: Redmond and the channel still need each other to succeed.


Channel Call

What's Your KPI?

By Keith Lubner

What's working and what's not working at your company? A good way to find out is trending your business through Key Performance Indicators.


S+S Starting Gun Fired

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft's software and services combo takes a running start at competitors with "deskless" versions of its Office tools.


Directions

Recognizing Net Reality

By Paul DeGroot

Hosting partners live on the edge as Microsoft plays in their cloud.


News

Q&A: Greener Pastures

By Anne Stuart and RCP Staff


Hyper-V's High-Powered Debut

By Lee Pender and Keith Ward/RCP Staff

As Microsoft rolls out its new hypervisor, partners ponder the opportunities and challenges created by Redmond's giant leap into the virtualization arena.