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The 15 Biggest News Stories Of 2016 (So Far)

From company splits to mega acquisitions, from exiting company executives to new technology debuts – and a controversy or two – CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in the first half of the year.

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The Year So Far

Compiling a list of the 15 biggest news stories solution providers followed closely through the first half of 2016 proved to be a relatively easy exercise. It's been an eventful six months in the IT industry and the channel – but then when is it never eventful?

As is often the case, acquisitions, mergers and divestitures accounted for some of the biggest news stories in the first half of the year. That included unfinished holdovers from 2015, most notably Dell's pending $62-billion acquisition of EMC. But it also included new pairings like the proposed merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's enterprise services business with CSC to create what will become the third largest solution provider in the market. Also making the list is Microsoft's blockbuster deal to acquire business social media site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Cisco, meanwhile, continued to transform itself under new CEO Chuck Robbins. Microsoft retreated from the consumer smartphone market and took heat for its aggressive Windows 10 upgrade initiatives. Apple found itself in a battle with the FBI over iPhone security. Chinese companies moved to Lexmark and Ingram Micro. And the IT industry lost a pioneer with the passing of former Intel CEO Andy Grove.

What do you think have been the biggest IT industry news stories of 2016 so far? [Editor's Note: For an updated look, see our full-year review of 2016's biggest news stories]

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