CRN Applications and OS News


  • Ballmer Issues Marching Orders For Microsoft Partners
    At the Velocity 2006 worldwide partner conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the software giant's fiscal 2007 marching orders for partners, whom he promised wouldn't be cut out of the company's 'Live' and search software businesses.
  • One code base planned for hosted, on-premise and hybrid CRM solutions


    Microsoft Preps Hosted 'CRM Live' For Next Year
    Microsoft aims to roll out next major release of Dynamics CRM, version 4.0, by June 2007 and delivered it as a pure on-premise solution, a pure hosted option or some combination of both.
  • At this week's Velocity 2006 Conference, Microsoft execs will tell partners it's a wide-open road to profitability


    Ready, Set, Go At Velocity 2006 Conference
    As Microsoft revs up for its Velocity 2006 conference in Boston this week, Allison Watson, newley named corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group--has one message for the software giant's channel army: "It's 'go' time."
  • The gloves are off as Big Blue resorts to taxi signage, free ice cream to woo partners.


    The IBM Empire Strikes Back
    As thousands of Microsoft partners converge on Boston this week for the annual partner confab, IBM is making itself as visible as possible.
  • Earn More Than A Grand Installing NAS
    Small businesses and the like don't care if their data is stored using state-of-the-art equipment, as long as it's properly saved. Server Partners' answer to this is its leased NAS appliance--FileEngine.
  • OrgPlus Automates Organization
    Although maintaining organizational charts is an essential part of any best practice, it is often overlooked by managers due to the lack of awareness of comprehensive workforce modeling tools such as HumanConcepts' OrgPlus.
  • FireStar Files Suit Against Red Hat
    FireStar Software's patent infringement suit against Red Hat is expected to take center stage on the legal front as SCO's copyright claims against IBM fade, according to one attorney.
  • Vendor's acquistion positions it as major competitor to Salesforce.com


    RightNow -- Right On Target
    RightNow Technology's $9 million buyout of Salesnet last May will bolster its effort to take on Salesforce.com, solution providers said.
  • Review: AMX's New Visual Architect Tool Eases Programming Pain
    AMX has made it easier for integrators to program home integration design tools with its release of Visual Architect, which will undoubtedly set new standards in this space. Visual Architect arrives with drag-and-drop capabilities, intuitive workflow functions, auto-connectivity for a wide variety of devices, and one of the simplest programming interfaces CRN Test Center engineers have seen in this type of tool.
  • Don't Sweat The Retail Threat
    Best Buy. Office Depot. CompUSA. These are the true competitors of the small-business-focused solution provider, right?
  • Inks an agreement with Red Hat to become certified distributor


    Bell Micro In Linux Land
    Based on VAR demand, Bell Microproducts has signed a deal to become a certified distributor of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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