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Microsoft COO pledges to keep partners more in loop, 07/13/06

Kevin Turner, Microsoft's COO, promised to keep partners better informed about the vendor's product plans and road maps in the future.

Free beer but no gorillas: Microsoft plays hard at partner conference, 07/13/06

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference began not with a speech, not with a product demonstration, but with rock music.

System Center management family grows, 07/12/06

Microsoft is steadily building a family of System Center systems management software aimed at both midsize and enterprise customers, the company said Wednesday.

Microsoft offers incentives to SMB, enterprise partners, 07/12/06

Microsoft Wednesday will announce a mix of new products and programs designed to appeal to partners looking for more revenue opportunities among small to midsized businesses, enterprise applications and security software.

Microsoft offers commission to security partners, 07/12/06

In an effort to sell more security products through its partner channel, Microsoft this week at its annual partner conference unveiled a program that gives commission to partners for influencing the sale of such products.

Microsoft moves to per-user pricing for Dynamics, 07/10/06

Microsoft Monday announced it is streamlining the pricing of its four Dynamics ERP applications families from a per-module basis to a per-user basis as a way to make it easier for its partners to sell the software.


Microsoft to show off Vista at Asia hacker conference, 07/11/06

Microsoft plans to give a hacker conference in Asia an inside look at new security features on Windows Vista later this year, the organizer of the event said Tuesday.


Microsoft ponders Windows successor, 06/28/06

A successor to the Microsoft Windows operating system, while still very much in the theoretical stage, is expected to better leverage multicore processors, for starters, a Microsoft official said on Wednesday afternoon.


Cisco may adopt unbundled pricing, 06/26/06

Cisco last week said it was considering unbundling network software from its current hardware platforms - a move that could end up costing users more but could give them increased flexibility in buying and configuring the company's gear.

Q&A: Virgin Megastores delivers music, VoIP over WAN, 06/23/06

Virgin Megastores has 17 locations in the U.S., where it sells music, electronics and fashion products. But the retailer is in the entertainment business as much it is a seller of CDs, DVDs, and gadgets, says Robert Fort, IT director for the Virgin ...

Q&A: Cisco engineer on LANs, NAC, network design, 06/22/06

James Henry Carmouche might have already built and tested the network you will soon be deploying. As technical marketing engineer in Cisco's Enterprise Systems Engineering group, Carmouche figures out the best way to put together the products Cisco ...

Chambers talks of changing Cisco's software model, 06/21/06

Enterprise network professionals can expect changes in how Cisco sells the software that runs its routers and switches over the next few years, the company's CEO told reporters at Cisco's Networkers customer conference this week.

Q&A: Network exec on 10G, security and getting his CCIE, 06/21/06

Jon Campbell - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert No. 13772 - is the director of network services at FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a nonprofit healthcare network serving 15 counties and including three hospitals and clinics and other facilities ...


WiMAX seen getting a slow start, 06/22/06

Motorola is betting on WiMAX to spur the roll out of broadband wireless services. But don't expect a revolution to happen overnight, a senior company executive said.

Samsung to put WiMAX into cell phones, 06/22/06

Samsung plans to release next year a cell phone that includes support for mobile WiMAX networks, a company executive said.

'Common sense' the key to managing IM, 06/22/06

There is no need for companies to fear the use of instant messaging by their employees, the head developer of the Trillian IM client said Thursday.

Search battle just starting, Yahoo says, 06/21/06

Google may dominate the Internet search market today, but the battle for control of this crucial sector is only just getting started, a Yahoo executive said Wednesday.

Samsung ready to take on Cisco, 06/21/06

Samsung has started shipping a router designed for corporate users, part of a planned assault on a market long dominated by Cisco, executives said Wednesday.


Wi-Fi hacked in 'digital drive-by', 06/22/06

Security researchers have found a way to seize control of a laptop computer by manipulating buggy code in the system's wireless device driver.

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