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Partners Critical Of Microsoft Exec Speeches At WPC

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference is generally a time for the vendor to shine in front of its thousands of channel partners. But solution providers are criticizing some of the goings-on at this week's conference in Houston.

CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured) did not address the software giant's Surface tablet channel strategy during his keynote address. Ballmer made no mention of the new Microsoft Devices Program, which was announced last week and has riled partners by limiting Surface reseller authorizations to just 10 large account resellers. Partners say they feel left out of Microsoft's Surface strategy.

And some partners were annoyed when Microsoft COO Kevin Turner urged solution providers to bring customers to Microsoft retail stores where Surface tablets are sold direct.

All this has partners wondering just where they fit into Microsoft's new "services and devices" direction.