Microsoft is planning to offer Office 365 customers free on-boarding services though its Office 365 FastTrack program, potentially taking a big bite out of some partners' business.
While Google touted a "record quarter" with one million Chromebook sales in education, VARs say they don't see demand stretching beyond education anytime soon.
Apple likes to act as though it's a fully autonomous company that doesn't need anyone's help. ButAs the growth of smartphones has slowed and the tablet market has begun shrink, some solution providers believe wearables could be the next big thing.Here's what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and EVP of Devices & Services Stephen Elop had to say about the massive Microsoft layoffs of 18,000 employees and what to expect from the company in coming months.In his first speech to partners, Satya Nadella offers a glimpse of what he considers to be his first big challenge as Microsoft CEO.Microsoft has only had companywide layoffs once in its history, cutting 5,800 jobs in 2009. But according to Bloomberg, Microsoft is planning another round of job cuts that could be even larger.Microsoft COO Kevin Turner's closing keynote at the company's partner conference is a well-developed tradition, but he spoke first this year and didn't bash rivals as he usually does.With the HP Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Migration Program, HP is putting solution providers on the front lines of its partnership with Microsoft to upgrade a big chunk of the 11.7 million servers still running the 11 year old operating system.Samsung was scheduled to release its first smartphone running on its homemade Tizen operating system Thursday to app developers at its launch event in Moscow. Instead, the company delayed the release with no details on the cancellation.Microsoft is trying to make it simpler for small and medium customers to pick the best Office 365 plan for their needs, and this October it'll debut three new plans and start retiring three existing ones.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been with the company for 22 years and knows what changes are needed to get it back on top. Now he's ready to start making them.Microsoft launched Windows 7 in 2009, and now it's warning customers that it'll be cutting off free phone and bug-fix support for some customers next January. Will this spur migrations to Windows 8?Zinstall says an overhaul of its channel program improved the way that partners interact with the vendor and is helping to boost their margins.VMware has been talking for several years now about how the Microsoft Windows empire is dwindling. Now VMware has data to back up its assertions that Macs are winning in enterprises.EMC's new VMAX3 will run data services applications directly without the need for servers and, thanks to EMC's acquisition of TwinStrata, also will provide native cloud tiering to public clouds.Steven Sinofsky, the former 23-year Microsoft vet who's now with VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, has an entertaining exchange with Microsoft's Support team about Office 365 sign-up problems.Microsoft returned some of the domains it seized from a popular dynamic DNS service provider via court order, and the outages its actions have caused for nearly two million users is waning.VMware in January paid $1.5 billion to acquire AirWatch, the top dog in enterprise mobility management. VMware is now rolling out AirWatch's cloud-based software to the channel.Microsoft launched Office 365 globally three years ago and since then has cut pricing for the suite of cloud apps on several occasions. Now, it's raising Office 365 prices for some enterprise customers.
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