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  • Beta 2 cycle for next-gen Windows begins for businesses and partners


    Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Enterprise CTP
    Microsoft kicked off the beta 2 testing cycle for Windows Vista on Wednesday with the release of its planned Enterprise Community Technology Preview (CTP) for businesses, which represents the first feature-complete test version of Vista.
  • Option would promise onshore support of some new offerings


    Microsoft May Look To 'Smart Shoring'
    Microsoft is weighing a move into “smart shoring.” The software giant is considering an “onshore-only” support option for new products, including its upcoming Office 2007.
  • Microsoft Offshore ISV Plan In Pilot
    Microsoft is pilot-testing a program dubbed NXT with several offshore delivery partners to help reluctant ISVs migrate IBM AS/400-based and other legacy applications to .Net at lower costs.
  • Borland Says Goodbye to IDE, Refocuses on ALM
    The success of open-source compilers and, to a lesser extent, Eclipse in the Java community have driven Borland to concentrate on its application life-cycle management products and drop its compilers and IDE technology.
  • Briefs: February 20, 2006
    Dell reported 52 percent earnings growth for its most recent quarter, handily beating Wall Street expectations, but the PC maker dampened forecasts for its current quarter.
  • ShadowRAM: February 20, 2006
    You gotta hand it to HP&'s Mark Hurd. He routinely takes questions from the press after each earnings release. IBM&'s Sam Palmisano, by contrast, makes like the Wizard of Oz. His only comments come from behind the curtain via a prepared statement with the latest numbers, and he&'s never on the call. An IBM tradition, maybe, but one that&'s outmoded. Maybe Hurd&'s openness is one reason HP is on a roll. And maybe Mr. Palmisano should reconsider his decision to opt out of a keynote at next month&'s IBM PartnerWorld.
  • They call themselves 'independent' distributors—not gray marketers—and say they're seeing dramatic sales growth as more VARs turn to them to source products


    Gray Matters
    Independent distributors are hardly hiding behind closed doors. Instead, they&'re very open about how much their businesses have grown as VARs look to them to source products. Major vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems are taking action to shut down what they call ‘gray marketers.&' VARs, however, say the issue&'s not so black-and-white.
  • Federal Government To Award $20 Billion in Set-Aside Contracts
    Federal dollars awarded to small businesses are expected to grow 43 percent compared to last year, according to a recent report from Reston, Va.-based research firm Input. Solution providers that can provide agencies with professional services stand the greatest chance of winning contracts, with 70 percent of total awards expected to fall into that category.
  • Analysis: Whither The Set-Top Box?
    Cable set-top boxes are becoming central pieces of digital integrators' offerings. But are their days limited? Some in the industry think so.
  • Linux, Unix Players Beef Up Security
    Even as Microsoft announces IE 7's support for InfoCards and planned Certificate Lifecycle Server, rivals Sun, Red Hat, and Novell try to one-up one another -- and Microsoft -- with security enhancements for Solaris and Linux.
  • Microsoft, SAP tap 'the little guys' to spread the good word on apps


    Vendors Think Small
    Software vendors see big opportunities in the small-business market. In fact, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and others have all been focusing on ways to make it easier and more cost-effective for smaller businesses--many of which don't have an IT manager or staff--to purchase and use technology.
  • Need more memory or speed? Here's how to choose.


    Is An Upgrade Worth the Time?
    Are your customers complaining that their screen redraws are taking forever as they run big apps? Are their formerly white-hot PCs no longer powerful enough to run the latest versions of Windows or Linux?

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