CRN Applications and OS News


  • Microsoft Names New Head of MBS
    The search is over. Nearly one year since Doug Burgum announced his intention to step down from his post as senior vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, the company named in-house veteran Satya Nadella to run the group.
  • Something To Sell
    This may seem obvious, but what solution providers need is something to sell. (Or "implement," if they're system integrators that profit more from services than product sales.) Enough with the branding, rebranding, positioning, marketing, alpha, beta, prebeta, technical refresh B.S.
  • Review: Top 5 Improvements In Vista RC1
    Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 addresses some key concerns about the operating system's earlier beta versions. Here are the top five improvements that the CRN Test Center found after testing Vista RC1.
  • CA Channel Chief Resigns
    CA channel chief Gary Quinn has resigned, according to a letter from the software vendor's COO that was obtained by CRN.
  • Review: Use Windows For Unix Services
    Want to run best-of-breed apps under both Windows and Unix? There's an option for doing this: Microsoft's Posix subsystem. It lets Unix apps think they are using regular Unix, but they are actually using Windows.
  • Firefox Gains Share, IE Loses
    Mozilla's Firefox gained half a percentage point in market share at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer during August, continuing the steady climb of the open-source Web browser.
  • Top Vista executive Brain Valentine exits Microsoft after 19-year career for Amazon.com


    Partners Say Vista RC1 Close But Not Quite Ready
    As Microsoft makes Vista RC1 more broadly available to the channel and consumers this week, a handful of partners say the company's first release candidate is solid but still needs some work to fix performance and interoperability issues before it will be ready for prime time.
  • Vendor readies midmarket offering in hopes to give competitors run for their money


    Kace In Point: The KBox 1000
    When the latest midmarket desktop management offering from Kace Networks arrives in mid-September, solution providers will have a beefed-up alternative to rival products from vendors such as Altiris, LANDesk, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others, said Sheila Baker, vice president of marketing at Kace.
  • Dual-Core CPU Buyer's Guide
    If you've been sitting on a fence about whether to go dual-core, dither no more. The prices of dual-core processors have come way down in the past year, and performance has jumped. Here's a guide to chip choices and specs, plus pointers to some bargains for both dual- and single-cores.
  • Security Spin Cycle
    Security solution providers have relied on alerts to help identify critical holes and vulnerabilities in the systems, they design and build. Now, with security threats coming in and the lead time from the threat announcement, to the exploit release getting shorter, those trusted alerts are being called into question.
  • System builders tout new designs


    Server Power Play
    They may not have the recognizable brand of an IBM or Hewlett-Packard, but a cadre of second-tier vendors and system builders believe they can carve out a larger share of the market by developing innovative server designs that pack extra computing power into compact spaces.
  • Advice To Linux: Kill The Penguin
    If Linux wants to be taken seriously by the business desktop market, it has to first take itself more seriously. What do I mean by that? Basically, kill the penguin and all of the marketing cuteness! The "crafty" names of some Linux applications simply come across as immature to the business world.
  • Nix Shortsightedness
    Sometimes it takes me a little longer to react to developments than my more passionate counterparts here at CRN, but that doesn't mean I'm any less opinionated.
  • Company fills in software portfolio with recent acquistions


    IBM Once Again Looking To Software For Growth
    When Lou Gerstner reshaped IBM in the 1990s, the former chairman and CEO transformed a company that relied on hardware for most of its sales and profits into a services powerhouse.
  • Adobe: No Linux Flash Player Till 2007
    Impatient Linux users will have to wait till the end of the year for even a preview release of Adobe's Flash Player 9. The company's lead Flash for Linux engineer reported this week that Adobe won't release any alpha versions of its Flash port, holding out instead for a full-featured beta scheduled for release sometime late this year.