Channel Beat: IBM Sees Big Losses In Hardware Sales

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In this week’s top stories, Samsung will release smartphones running its own Tizen operating system by the end of the second quarter, giving solution providers reason to celebrate.

Partners say a new smartphone operating system from Samsung will drive more innovation in the market and free the company from rules and restrictions Google implements on its Android OS. The first Tizen-based smartphone will be a high-end device, with the second release aimed more at the midmarket.

IBM’s first-quarter earnings were down, with revenue falling 3.9 percent vs. the same period last year.

The company’s hardware group saw the biggest drop, with revenue down 23 percent from this quarter last year. On a more positive note, IBM said cloud revenue grew more than 50 percent last year.

Partners were surprised by a mandatory update required by Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. If users do not upgrade the system in 30 days, they will no longer be able to get future security patches.


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