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This week’s company to watch

MSP Mentor did a great job of laying out why MSPs and VARs should watch Parallels. The cloud and virtualization company, known for its Mac desktop virtualization software, named a new CEO and held its Parallels Summit in Orlando, Fla. this week.  As MSP Mentor reports, plenty of channel and managed services luminaries were there for the event, as ranks of attendees swelled, and the rumor was that the company was holding private talks with both Tech Data and Synnex.  Now that Birger Steen, the current president of Parallels, has been promoted to CEO, effective Feb. 23, the company will further hone its focus to capture the $50 billion market (by 2015) for SMB cloud services. Steen joined Parallels as president just six months ago after leaving his post as vice president of SMBs and distribution at Microsoft.

Finish Your Win 7 Migrations Yet?

If you are finished or nearly finished, that probably means its time for Microsoft to start talking about Windows 8.  As All About Microsoft reports here a leaked slide of the Windows 8 roadmap leads one to conclude that the new OS will be released to manufacturing in mid-2012. Meanwhile it also appears that Microsoft may be developing Windows 8 on a chip for tablets.

Meanwhile, if you are looking to develop for the cloud, Microsoft wants you! That is, to try Windows Azure for free for 30 days. Use code MPNUS1, and go here for more information about the free, no-credit-card-required Azure trial

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