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  • Microsoft's Latest Channel Assurance
    Microsoft launched a new set of Software Assurance customer benefits for 2006 on March 14 that will benefit—and in some cases, deter—channel business, observers predict.
  • Are You Nervous Yet?
    If so, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. That’s because the best-crafted strategies not just to survive but to thrive usually come in times of intense stress. That’s when we often think most creatively, allowing ourselves to believe in nonsense, as aviation entrepreneur Burt Rutan so aptly put it during his keynote speech at last week’s IBM PartnerWorld.
  • How Microsoft Plans To People-Ready Its Partners
    Partners will play a key role in Microsoft's new people-ready business strategy, says Allison Watson, vice president of Microsoft's worldwide partner and small-business group. Following up on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's announcement yesterday about the software giant's new people-centric focus, Watson says Microsoft has several initiatives to help partners deliver the people-ready messaging and solutions.
  • HP Emphasizes Partner Devotion At Public-Sector Forum
    At HP's Public Sector Forum this week, executives reiterated the importance of partners in the company's drive into government and education, as demonstrated by recent enhancements to the PartnerOne program that compensate solution providers driving sales.
  • Microsoft Files Piracy Charges Against Eight
    Microsoft said Wednesday it has filed lawsuits against eight alleged sellers of counterfeit copies of its software. The company said the sellers all used eBay for their transactions.
  • From Keyboard To Microphone
    Systems builders on the lookout for new products and services to add to their portfolios should consider a technology that has come of age: speech recognition, or SR for short.
  • Microsoft Eases Financing, Licensing Terms For SMB Market
    Even as the company launched its Software Assurance 2006 benefits for large companies on March 14, Microsoft announced enhanced financing options for SMBs as Small Business Server 2003 R2 and Windows Vista Business are prepped.
  • VARs: Cheap Databases? No Problem
    When it comes to databases, free may be nice, but you get what you pay for, solution providers say. With IBM, Oracle and Microsoft offering free and discounted databases, some think full-scale commoditization of databases is on for real.
  • Red Hat, Novell Vie For Linux Virtualization Title
    As Novell gets set to detail Xen support in its Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, rival Red Hat is slated to appear on stage with XenSource to discuss Xen support in its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 upgrade.
  • Gates On Ozzie: He's Always Been With Us
    Bill Gates said Ray Ozzie, who is charged with reinvigorating the software colossus' technology, is fitting in very well at Microsoft, according to a published report.