7/1/2009

Spotlight On The Netbook

While netbooks pose problems for Microsoft and partner business models, most indications show this computing trend is here to stay. Plus: Microsoft Partner Program now Microsoft Partner Network; future of Partner Account Managers; Microsoft Financing; Microsoft Action Packs; more.


In-Depth

Whither the PAM?

By Lynn Haber

Cloud computing, the economy and partner program changes make the future role of Microsoft partner account managers uncertain.


Spotlight on the Netbook

By Rich Freeman

While netbooks pose problems for Microsoft and partner business models, most indications show this computing trend is here to stay.


Microsoft's New Deal

By Scott Bekker

An overhaul of the Microsoft Partner Program is set to be unveiled at the Worldwide Partner Conference this month. The details are murky but "everything is on the table," including the program name--now the "Microsoft Partner Network."


Channel Watch

Partners Helping Partners Reach Customers

By Scott Bekker

The Washington, D.C., chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) ran an interesting experiment a few weeks ago.


Directions

Watering the Partner Ecosystem

By Paul DeGroot

A lot of partners are feeling parched these days, but there's a storm on the horizon that may send rain their way.


News

Microsoft Unveils Project Management Effort

By Herb Torrens

Program is newly opened to U.S. partners after trials in Europe and Australia.


Microsoft Makes Action Pack Digital

By Scott Bekker

First bundle under new distribution model will include Windows 7.


P2P Power, Version 3.0

By Anne Stuart

Despite the ongoing recession, partner peer-group members are holding their own for now-and watching for the cloud on the horizon.


The Other Shoe Drops on Microsoft Financing

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft formally ratchets up the percentage of its products that must be included in financed deals.


Product Reviews

Microsoft's 2009-2010 Roadmap

By Stephen Swoyer

A raft of new products are in the queue for delivery during the second half of 2009 and into 2010.