June 2007 - Partner Paychecks: RCP's First Salary Survey

In this issue: Find out how much your fellow Microsoft partners make, and lots of other important details, in Redmond Channel Partner's first-ever salary survey -- our June cover story. Also, get a sneak peak at what will happen at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference coming up fast in July. Hone your golf and networking skills. Find out about the government IT market in new series on vertical market segments. Use Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to migrate from a Lotus Notes e-mail system, and much more.


EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft CRM Payments a Challenge for Channel

Several Microsoft partners selling the company's CRM software say a glitch in the company's payment system resulted in them being underpaid on sales, although the company is working to rectify the situation.

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft Taps Tatarinov for Top MBS Slot

Microsoft is naming Kirill Tatarinov as its top business solutions executive, according to documents examined by RCP.

Microsoft Security Worker Called Sixth-Worst Science Job

Employees who work in Microsoft's Security Response Center (MSRC) can breathe easy: they don't have the worst job in science. Just the sixth worst.

Microsoft Offers $500 Vista PC in India

Microsoft Corp. will sell "affordable" Windows computers aimed at students in India.

MCDST Ugrade Exam Goes Live

Earlier this week, Microsoft put exam 70-621 up for general availability.

Windows Server 2008 CTP Released

The CTP release makes it appear increasingly likely that the successor to Windows Server 2003 will be shipped early next year.

Judge Sides With Microsoft in Vista Search Complaint

A federal judge has sided with Microsoft in Google's most recent complaint that Microsoft remedies to open Vista search up to competitors don't go far enough.

Vista SP1 Definitely on the Way

Microsoft has verified that there will be an SP1 for Vista, although it's released precious few details about it.

No IP Protection Deals for Ubuntu Linux

Some Linux vendors haven't been as quick to secure deals with Microsoft that protect them from legal action relating to claims that open source software violates Microsoft patents.

Linux Patent Protection Deals Piling Up

Another company has agreed to Microsoft's Linux IP amnesty program, adding to the rapidly growing list of open source vendors seeking protection against possible legal action from Redmond.

Eligibility Expands for IE Web Certificate

Smaller and newer businesses will now be able to get security certificates that trigger a green address bar in Microsoft browsers under new rules ratified this week.

Microsoft No. 49 on Fortune 500

Microsoft is America's 49th largest corporation, dropping one spot from a year ago in the Fortune 500 list.

Windows Home Server RC1 Released

Microsoft's first server aimed at the home market has reached the release candidate phase, and as such, is nearly ready to be pushed out the door.

Microsoft Publishes Four Critical Updates

Patch Tuesday comes with the publication of six new security bulletins that collectively address vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Outlook Express, Office and Visio.

Virtual Server SP1 Released

A key Microsoft virtualization product has gotten an important update.

Apple Extends Web Browser to Windows

Apple launched a version of Safari for Windows-based PCs, pitting it against Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Microsoft Branches Off Architect Cert for DBAs

The company develops MCA title for DBAs who want to showcase their database architecting skills.

Microsoft Releases Virtual Vista Versions

Want to toy around with Windows Vista or Vista with Visual Studio 2005 but not pay for them? Microsoft is making it possible through the magic of virtualization.

Study: IIS More Likely To Be Compromised

Apache and IIS are equally at fault for pumping malware into the wild, according to a new study.

Microsoft Plans Visual Studio Shell

Microsoft is readying a beta of a new SKU of its next generation of Visual Studio, intended for those who want to embed it into their own tools.

Microsoft: Windows Server 2008 Not Delayed

Speculation has been growing in the media that Windows Server 2008, could be delayed past its RTM and slip into 2008. Microsoft says "it just ain't so."

SQL Server 2008 CTP Released

Microsoft announced release of the first community technology preview of SQL Server 2008 at the Microsoft TechEd Conference in Orlando.

A 'Stirling' Release for Microsoft

Microsoft has done its part to contribute to security sprawl by releasing 10 new security and access products, under the umbrella designation of "Stirling."

Quest Tools for Exchange Migrators

Quest Software Inc. and Microsoft are teaming up to offer a new incentive program for partners that conduct migrations to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

Salesforce.com Inc. Acquires Koral Inc. April 10, 2007

An inside look at prominent deals within the Microsoft partner community. Part of an occasional series.

SaaS Partnerships: New Horizons, Old Hurdles

An industry report describes big changes for partners under a Software as a Service model, but nettlesome compensation issues still remain.

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