11/1/2012

Tools for Windows 8 Early Adopters

With analysts at Gartner Inc. discouraging enterprises from upgrading to Windows 8 yet, the expectation is for a fairly slow rollout of the radically different OS. For customers willing to leap right away, though, there are a few tools that partners can use to ease migrations.


In-Depth

For Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Puts Hosting Partners First

By Scott Bekker

Hosting services providers have always been important stakeholders in Windows Server development. With the 2012 version and its Cloud OS emphasis, Microsoft hosters' needs come to the fore.


Will Windows 8 Bring Boom Times for Ultrabooks?

By Scott Bekker

OEMs looking to take advantage of the Windows 8 wave are flooding the channel with new, touch-capable models -- but many face pricing challenges. With the PC market struggling, what are the chances for the Ultrabook's success?


Windows 8 Migration Tools for Early Adopters

By Gladys Rama

With analysts at Gartner Inc. discouraging enterprises from upgrading to Windows 8 yet, the expectation is for a fairly slow rollout of the radically different OS. For customers willing to leap right away, though, there are a few tools that partners can use to ease migrations.


Windows 8 Ultrabooks Gallery, Part 2: Convertibles and More

By Scott Bekker

RCP shines the spotlight on five more early Ultrabook models from Lenovo, Dell and others that are looking to take advantage of Microsoft's touch focus in Windows 8.


Channel Watch

Reading Between the Lines of Microsoft's Surface Pricing

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft launched the Surface RT tablet with a price tag that failed to impress. Surely, there's a reason for that.


Channeling the Cloud

Windows 8 and Office 2013 Bring Skydrive to the Fore

By Jeffrey Schwartz

The release of Windows 8 and the launch of Office 2013 early next year promise to play a key role in bringing cloud computing to the mainstream.


On Growth

Seller Beware: Customers Want Vertical Partners, Not 'Generalists'

By Mike Harvath

"Geographic generalist" partners that offer any services for anybody, anywhere, are a struggling breed.


The Changing Channel

Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' Era Means a Return to License Land

By Howard M. Cohen

Microsoft threw another wrench in the effort to define cloud computing when it ushered in its Cloud OS era with Windows Server 2012. But for partners, the new definition means that for once, they won't have to change as much as they thought.


News

Microsoft To Consolidate MPN Competencies in November (CHART)

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft is reducing the number of competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network this month from 29 to 25.