9/1/2015

Is It Time for Windows To Be Open Source?

Microsoft already shook up the Windows ecosystem by making upgrades to Windows 10 free (with caveats). Here’s a look at what might happen if Microsoft took another unthinkable step and made Windows open source. It’s less of a crazy idea than you might think.


In-Depth

Microsoft Makes a Stronger Case for Azure

By Scott Bekker

For as long as Redmond has offered Microsoft Azure, it's been available to partners. At the beginning of this fiscal year, though, the company started a much more concerted push to bring more of the channel along. Is there enough incentive, especially on the SMB side, for it to make sense for partners?


Is It Time for Microsoft To Open Source Windows?

By Gladys Rama

Microsoft is already shaking up the Windows ecosystem with its new delivery model for Windows 10. Is it time for Microsoft to take another step and do the once unthinkable -- make Windows open source? We look at the perks, pitfalls and complications that would be involved if Windows were to go open source.


Windows 10 Hardware: More of the Same, but This Time That's OK

By Scott Bekker, Jeffrey Schwartz

Microsoft's OEM partners have a lot of systems ready to go for Windows 10, because they're pretty much the same PCs they've honed or Windows 8.1. 


Both Sides

After Missteps, Microsoft Gets Its Cloud Partner Messaging Right

By M.S. Partner

Microsoft turned off many partners last year when it flubbed the announcement of its Office 365 onboarding plans. This year, the messaging has been decidedly more partner-friendly.


Channel Watch

Two Years After Snowden, Microsoft Enlists Partners in Trust Fight

By Scott Bekker

This summer, Microsoft gave its first substantial partner-focused response to the PRISM leaks of 2013.


Channeling the Cloud

Enterprise Mobility Suite Emerges as Microsoft's 'Hottest' Product

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Though EMS is still relatively new, Microsoft is touting the mobility management offering as a major competitor of established solutions from Citrix, IBM and VMware.


Market Forces

Microsoft Extends CSP to Dynamics CRM: A Partner's Perspective

By Barb Levisay

For the first time, Dynamics partners can take advantage of the biggest change to Microsoft's cloud business model.


On Growth

For Microsoft Partners, Now Is a Good Time To Think M&A

By Mike Harvath

It's a seller's market in the IT industry, and Microsoft expertise is in particularly high demand.