Punching Up

Once the undisputed champ of IT, Microsoft is now the underdog in many segments. Does Redmond still have the mettle to fight its way back?


Microsoft's 'Master VAR' Program: Dynamics Franchising Revisited

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Microsoft preps pilot of program for Dynamics partners as an alternative to its aborted franchise plan.

Microsoft vs. the World: Can Microsoft Knock Out Its 6 Biggest Rivals?

By Scott Bekker

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner singled out and attacked six strategic rivals. Does Microsoft have what it takes to compete and win against Apple, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce.com and VMware?

Smartphone Shootout: iPhone 4 vs. Windows Phone 7

By Scott Bekker

On the Verizon Wireless network, Apple and Microsoft each have one offering: the iPhone 4 and the HTC Trophy with Windows Phone 7. Both are relatively new to the largest U.S. mobile provider's network. Which phone is better?

Channel Call

9 Ways To Measure Your Company's Cloud Success

By Keith Lubner

The transition to the cloud is a huge challenge for most business models. Here are nine key performance indicators for tracking your company's cloud progress.

Channel Watch

Windows Azure Appliance: Out of the Spotlight but Alive

By Scott Bekker

There has been activity among Microsoft's appliance partners revolving around Azure -- but you wouldn't know it from this year's WPC, where the product played a backstage role.

Channeling the Cloud

HP Gives Partners First Crack at ServiceOne

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Hewlett-Packard is looking to make it easier for partners to offer its portfolio of services to customers.

On Growth

Want Your M&A To Fail? Here's How

By Mike Harvath

Most M&As fall apart in the post-acquisition stage, when management is least likely to expect it.


Microsoft, Google and the Game of Patents

By Kurt Mackie

Google: "Android is under legal attack by Microsoft, Apple and Oracle." Microsoft: "No it's not." Who's telling the truth?

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