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.
Cloud computing, the economy and partner program changes make the future role of Microsoft partner account managers uncertain.
While netbooks pose problems for Microsoft and partner business models, most indications show this computing trend is here to stay.
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."
Program is newly opened to U.S. partners after trials in Europe and Australia.
Microsoft formally ratchets up the percentage of its products that must be included in financed deals.
First bundle under new distribution model will include Windows 7.
Despite the ongoing recession, partner peer-group members are holding their own for now-and watching for the cloud on the horizon.