• Companies Explore 'Micropayments' Idea

    An idea that seemingly evaporated along with dot-com mania is back: that the Internet would realize its full grass-roots potential if Web surfers could pay small amounts for tidbits of online content.

  • Ballmer & You Revisited: More Hot Topics

    Ask Microsoft's CEO a question, and you'll likely get a straight answer. Might not be the one you were looking for, but a strong, succinct answer you'll get just the same. That's what we received when VARBusiness posed questions from readers to Steve Ballmer, the man who has effectively been running Microsoft since Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates moved over to serve as chief software architect three years ago.

  • Outsourcing: Offshore Hiccups An Irreversible Trend?

    The reining in of a pair of high-profile offshore relationships late last month shows how the movement of IT and customer-service operations to lower--cost overseas locales still carries sizable business and public-relations risks.

  • Microsoft Sets Sights On Cars

    First Microsoft set out to put a computer in every home. Now the software giant hopes to put one in every vehicle, too.

  • SilverBack 4.0 Needs No VPNs

    SilverBack Technologies, a developer of network monitoring solutions, recently updated its flagship product to include a component that can save solution providers time and money by eliminating the need for VPNs and firewall reconfigurations.

  • L.A. Official: Computer Labels Offensive

    A county official has asked computer and video equipment vendors to consider eliminating the terms "master" and "slave" from equipment because they may be considered offensive.

  • Samsung Sees Program Payoff

    Samsung was searching high and low for ways to inject some much-needed energy into its channel business last year. While the company was a proverbial powerhouse in Asia, it didn't have the traction it desired in North America. That changed in January, when Samsung Electronics America, based in Irvine, Calif., dove headlong into the white-box market with a new partner program, which only now is starting to pay off for the vendor.