4/1/2014

Action Pack FAQ!

Original Action Pack architect Bob Marsh explains the controversial changes to the popular Microsoft partner subscription and suggests a few revisions.


In-Depth

The Cloud Boom and the Rise of Hybrid Solution Providers

By Scott Bekker

As megavendors build datacenters to support their cloud visions, they're wooing solution providers that can connect customers' on-premises systems to the new cloud platforms.


GALLERY: Partners Unveil Fresh Crop of Lync Hardware

By Redmond Channel Partner magazine staff

Enterprise interest in Lync is surging, and Microsoft's partners are taking advantage by freshening up their UC hardware offerings. Check out some of the highlights from this year's Lync Conference.


Lync Finds Its Groove in 'Universal Communications' Era

By Scott Bekker

Partners are seeing a massive upswing in business for the Microsoft software-based unified communications platform. Will upcoming enhancements keep the party going?


Microsoft Action Pack Overhaul: Q&A

Bob Marsh, an original architect of the Microsoft Action Pack, talks about the origins of the channel's most popular subscription program and the best and worst parts of the controversial recent revamp.


Both Sides

Behind the Curtain at Microsoft: Three Things You Should Know

By M.S. Partner

Our former Microsoft field rep shares some insights about how Microsoft operates and what's behind the company's attitudes toward its partners and employees.


Channel Watch

The New Microsoft Board: A Spectator's Guide

By Scott Bekker

A few months into the new era in Redmond under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft's board could be gearing up for some serious conflict.


Channeling the Cloud

Major Cloud Players Are Jumping on the DaaS Wagon

By Jeffrey Schwartz

The Desktop as a Service (DaaS) field is rife with opportunity for partners and tech giants like Amazon Web Services and VMware.


The Changing Channel

In Nadella's Microsoft, Uncertainty About Where Partners Fit

By Howard M. Cohen

The new CEO's mantra of "mobile- and cloud-first" has some uncomfortable implications for partners -- one of them being the possibility of competition from Microsoft itself.