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Microsoft’s New Channel Chief Spells Out Cloud Transformation Plan

Microsoft Channel Chief Jon Roskill provided solution providers at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference with insights into the tools, training, support and programs available for transitioning to cloud-based businesses.

Microsoft Cloud Strategy Outlined by CEO Ballmer at WPC

Microsoft executives highlighted the company’s efforts around cloud computing during keynote addresses at the first day of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. The statement of Microsoft’s cloud strategy comes as the software giant faces more competitive threats on all fronts, including operating systems, and productivity suites from companies such as Google and Apple.

Microsoft Releases Public Beta for Windows 7 SP1, Extends XP Downgrade Rights

Long live Windows XP–says Microsoft. The company announced an unprecedented 10-year extension of downgrade rights for the operating system, which is still used in 74 percent of businesses.

Microsoft, Fujitsu Team on Cloud Against Google

Microsoft and Fujitsu are pooling their data center resources around the world in an effort to catch up with Google and other online service providers.

Microsoft Azure Appliance Announced at Worldwide Partner Conference

IT solution providers and Microsoft partners will be able to deliver cloud computing as a product and a service independent of the Microsoft hosting infrastructure using the Microsoft Azure Appliance announced by Microsoft at its Worldwide Partner Conference.

Security MIA at Microsoft Partner Confab

Microsoft partners received a torrent of information and pitches about cloud computing, mobility and virtualization at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference. But virtually absent from the agenda was security, leaving partners wondering why.

Will Windows XP Attacks Drive Upgrades?

Microsoft is tracking an uptick in targeted attacks against Windows XP. It’s also urging partners to drive customer upgrades to Windows 7. Will this lead to a faster Windows 7 adoption?

Microsoft Enables Remote Security with Windows Intune

This Web-based tool will give solution providers the ability to remotely access any PC to apply security updates and maintenance without a server in the middle. The next beta round is open for 10,000 more partners.

Microsoft’s Worst Enemies

Not content with its domination of the technology space with its Windows operating system and Office productivity suite, Microsoft has made a sport of embrace, extend and extinguish — branching into new markets such as web browsers, and once there, vanquishing whoever owns the space. The fact is, Microsoft probably has more enemies than any other IT vendor. The following are tops on the list.

10 Mistakes Microsoft Can’t Afford to Make

The year 2010 is a crossroads for Microsoft as it discontinues its Kin smartphones, faces Windows Phone 7 delays, deals with slow adoption of Windows 7 and faces competitive threats in operating systems and productivity apps like never before. Now is the time for Microsoft to carefully plan its next move and execute. Missteps could mean disaster. Here are a few of the mistakes Microsoft can’t afford to make in 2010.

25 Quick Facts About Microsoft

Think you know Microsoft? As a channel partner, it pays to know your vendors inside and out. A vendor’s economic health, business decisions and attitudes toward the channel make a huge impact on VARs, SIs, consultants and MSPs that live and die by the brands they rep. In this vendor profile, Channel Insider takes a look at Microsoft. A veritable giant within the channel community, Microsoft to one degree or another controls the fate of hundreds of thousands of partners within its ecosystem.

10 Reasons to Dump Microsoft Office for Online Apps

With the launch of Microsoft Office 2010, many administrators are wondering if an expensive upgrade is worth the cost and hassle, especially since SaaS providers like Google and Zoho have matured their hosted office offerings into something that is now business ready. Administrators only need is a good reason to make the jump to SaaS. Here are ten of them.

Microsoft’s Top Partners

On the eve of its Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the world’s largest software company has announced its partners of the year. Here’s a sampling of some of those partner companies honored by Microsoft as being the best of the best. Check out who made the cut this year.

Microsoft at Risk: Competitive Threats Loom

Microsoft’s status as an unbeatable force may not last much longer, as credible threats loom in the operating system and productivity suite markets that the company has dominated for so long. Speculation is on the rise that Microsoft is failing to heed disruptive changes ahead. Here are some of the threats that Microsoft can’t afford to ignore.