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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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