CRN Channel News

  • Pays Legal Bills To Sun, EU and Names New Licensing And Pricing Chief

    Update: Microsoft Posts 17 Percent Sales Growth Amidst IT Spending Recovery
    In spite of a $2.5 billion hit due to its legal settlements with Sun and a European Commission fine, Microsoft posted a strong third quarter amidst a budding recovery in the IT sector, generating a 17 percent growth in revenues to $9.2 billion.
  • NetSuite Unveils Tiered Compensation Program
    At its third annual Partnering For Profit conference, NetSuite on Thursday introduced a new, tiered program to compensate its reseller partners. The new Channel Stars program now rewards NetSuite partners with up to 50 percent margins on new subscriptions to NetSuite's hosted applications, including NetSuiteERP, NetSuiteCRM and the self-named NetSuite.
  • CRN Honors Sun Partners At iForce Conference
    At Sun's annual iForce partner confab this week, CRN handed out Best In Show awards to Sun solution providers True North Technology, Alpharetta, Ga., and Forsythe Solutions Group, Skokie, Ill. Here are their winning implementations.
  • VC Firm To SCO: Changes Needed To Keep Money
    SCO Group Inc.'s strategy of publicly taking on Linux users and vendors may have cost the company a large investment from BayStar Capital. The venture-capital firm Thursday insisted that the company might be able to keep the $20 million investment, but only if it makes changes to its management team, focuses more on its intellectual-property lawsuit against IBM, and/or tones down its aggressive behavior toward Linux users and vendors.
  • Profits Down At AT&T And SBC; Bundle, DSL Up
    Declining profits at AT&T and SBC Communications underscore the struggles of the entire telecommunications industry, although both firms sought earnestly for a silver lining in their latest financial reports.
  • Google Gmail Review: Preliminary Impressions
    I've been using Google's new Gmail service for the past few days as part of the second or third round of beta testers. Apparently Google is gradually opening up the pool of testers and is allocating a fixed number of "invitations" each round (a smart way to heighten anticipation). Here are my initial impressions.
  • Arrow Shares Rise After 1Q Gains
    Shares of Arrow Electronics increased 4 percent in Thursday morning trading after the Melville, N.Y.-based distributor beat Wall Street estimates for the first quarter and raised its second-quarter guidance.
  • AMD Heads To India, Rules Out U.S. Job Losses
    American computer chip maker Advanced Micro Devices plans to set up a design center in the southern Indian city of Bangalore and hire 120 engineers by the end of 2005, officials said Thursday.
  • CRN Interview: IBM Software's Steve Mills
    Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Software Group, sat down this week with CRN Industry Editor Barbara Darrow and Editor in Chief Michael Vizard to discuss IBM's middleware strategy, SMB game plan and the competitive landscape.
  • Sets $8 Price Target For IPO, an online software pioneer that flourished amid the dot-com ruins, is aiming to raise $80 million, or $8 per share, from its much-anticipated initial public offering of stock.
  • Motorola's Blockbuster Quarter Impresses Street
    Motorola stock roared up nearly 20 percent Wednesday after the company stunned Wall Street and shareholders with its strongest quarter in years, riding the success of its new cell phones and other products to a sales resurgence.