CRN Channel News

  • Comdex Meets The Matrix
    In his keynote address at Comdex, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates focused on a number of key passions that currently are informing the Redmond universe, including Longhorn -- its well-known code name for the next generation of Windows, how to improve security for its customers, and its decision to make "big bets on software connections."
  • RFID Backers, Privacy Advocates Seek Common Ground
    Consumers must be given notice if radio-frequency identification chips are ever used on individual products and packaging, and they need to be better educated about the technology's benefits and potential for misuse.
  • IBM’s PC Division Does the Executive Shuffle
    VARBusiness has learned that Steven Starkey has been named the new vice president of PC channels marketing for IBM's PC division. He replaces industry legend Frank Vitagliano, who has been named vice president, worldwide distribution channels, IBM sales and distribution, reporting to Mike Borman, general manager of IBM's Global Business Partners. Starkey's responsibilities will revolve around cross-branding (including PC, server, software and storage) for the company's IBM VAR Direct strategy.
  • Program Aimed At Growing Smart Phone Market; Sprint First Mobile Partner

    PalmSource Launched Palm Powered MobileWorld
    David Nagle, president and CEO of PalmSource, Monday during Comdex in Las Vegas launched a new Palm Powered MobileWorld program aimed at capitalizing on the growing smart phone market.
  • Hands-On Review: AirMagnet Trio
    If you need to know something about your wireless network, you need to get a copy of AirMagnet's latest forensic toolset, Trio Mobile Suite. It takes what was already a terrific product and makes it even better.
  • Readies Channel Recruitment Efforts For Next Year

    Acer America Taps New President
    Acer America is bringing a new president on board, tapping Rudi Schmidleithner, a former top European executive for the company, to take over its Pan American Operations.
  • Will court tier-two vendors and white box builders

    McNealy And Ruiz Unveil Strategy For Solaris On Opteron
    Scott McNealy opened his Comdex keynote presentation with the news that Sun Microsystems is partnering with AMD to develop 64-bit servers based on AMD's Opteron processor and running under Solaris and Linux, a move that was widely expected.
  • Move a boost to Commerce Server, solution providers say

    Microsoft To Give 'BizDesk' An Interim Facelift
    Solution providers who have complained about Microsoft Commerce Server's "Business Desk" will get some relief without having to wait till the next major product release.
  • CIOs Remain Cautious About Spending
    While solution providers are optimistic about the pipeline for 2004, it appears they are more exuberant than their customers. As recently reported, 23 percent of the top 500 VARs surveyed by VARBusiness saw IT spending increase by more than 20 percent. With the recent report that the GDP has grown 7.2 percent last quarter, representing the largest quarterly rise in two decades, one would think that bodes well for those planning their 2004 IT spending budgets.