05/01/2010

Will Google Disrupt Microsoft's Channel?

 Plus: VD funding dries up; Microsoft Partner Network conference; Internet espionage; MPN subscriptions.


In-Depth

Office 2010: Productivity Play

By Jeffrey Schwartz

When Microsoft Office 2010 ships this month, the suite faces its most serious challenge yet from lower-cost alternatives. Here are nine reasons why Redmond's newest version still promises to be a boon to partners.


Shaking up Subscriptions

By Scott Bekker

As part of the Microsoft Partner Network overhaul, Microsoft is revamping the popular Action Pack program this month.


Will Google Disrupt the Microsoft Channel?

By Jeffrey Schwartz, Scott Bekker

Microsoft is usually the one to beat. But we're talking search, so this means Microsoft is looking up to a larger foe in Google.


Channel Call

With Vendors, Fertilize, Water and Weed

By Keith Lubner

My theme for the last several months was how you can differentiate your firm from the masses of other resellers in the world.


Channel Watch

No Quick Bounceback in SMB Spending

By Scott Bekker

If you're finding that technology sales out there in small to midsize business (SMB) land are tough to come by, you're not alone.


Directions

Competing and Cannibalizing

By Paul DeGroot

When Microsoft wades into a market with an inexpensive, global solution with the weight of its vast partner community behind it, everyone else often heads for cover.


On Growth

Get on the AMS Bandwagon

By Mike Harvath

Applications managed services (AMS) has been gaining a lot of traction lately.


RCP on the MPN

11 Things to Know About...WPC 2010

By Scott Bekker

If you're attending Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington D.C. this July, here's 11 things to keep you eye out for.


News

Citrix Ports Apps to Apple iPad

By David Nagel

GoToMeeting and Receiver are the Florida company's firsts for the new device.


Peer Review: DCS Netlink

DCS Netlink started in 1991 as PC to Go, a retailer of computer hardware and software, and a network solutions provider primarily for small companies.


Multi-Purpose DB Tool on Tap

By Kurt Mackie

Microsoft: SQL Server 2008 R2 will be generally available this month.


Internet Espionage a Great Equalizer

By Jabulani Leffall

Report documents how cyber threats are becoming a low-cost tool for intelligence gathering.


On Ending Itanium Support

Microsoft announced last month that support for Intel Itanium processors will be phased out for Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio -- ending the Microsoft era of multi-architecture support in server processors.


VC Funding Remains Tight

By Jeffrey Schwartz

The market for venture money appears to have bottomed out, but VCs remain cautious.


Product Reviews

HP Quietly Touts iPad Rival

By Jeffrey Schwartz

HP Slate expected to be the first tablet-style device based on Windows 7.