June 2006 - Best Buy's Small Business Offensive

Plus: Specializing on Microsoft Dynamics, going for the Gold Partner status, and ruminations on Virtual Server 2005 R2


Go vs. Microsoft Antitrust Suit Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed Go Computer Inc.'s antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft To Trim Sales Work Force

Redmond cutting 148 total U.S. sales jobs, as part of efforts to be more efficient.

SCO Dealt Setback in IBM Linux Lawsuit

U.S. magistrate strikes down many of SCO Group's claims against IBM, saying SCO failed to show intellectual property was misappropriated when IBM donated code to Linux operating system project.

Microsoft Looks to Academia for Talent

Microsoft's sponsorship of technology contests and its partnerships with university research centers hopes to bear altruistic benefits, as well as loyalty to company's products.

Dell Launches IT Service Plan

Dell seeks to expand in the lucrative business of maintaining other companies' computers, plans to launch a new service plan that uses Google mapping technology.

Microsoft to Downsize Training Division

Microsoft Corp. is eliminating 14 jobs in its Microsoft Learning division, and will instead have an outside vendor perform that work.

Microsoft Launches Online Office Preview

Company's online preview of its new Office business software is part of efforts to drum up more interest in the coming set of releases.

Microsoft to Showcase Business Technology

Microsoft throws off the shroud on its unified communication strategy.

Microsoft Live Exec Quits Amid Live Messenger Launch

VP Martin Taylor resigns abruptly just as Live gets off the ground. Also: search tools for Exchange and SharePoint, a BPEL .NET server and an analysis tool for monitoring servers.

EU: No Adobe Complaint Against Microsoft

Adobe has made no complaints against Microsoft is shipping Office without Adobe's PDF file reader, and Adobe so far hasn't filed a complaint with the EU, says the Euro Commission.

Best Buy Tests Mac Sales

The nation's largest consumer electronics retailer is testing the possibility of selling Apple Computer Inc.'s full line of computers in its stores.

Microsoft Upgrades Instant Messenger

Microsoft Corp.'s latest instant messaging program is ready for prime time, the company said Monday.

TechEd Showcases SQL, SharePoint Tools; Plus, Gates Hands Reins to Ozzie

From the business wires this week: mobile SQL Server monitor/manager, storage management solution, and Bill Gates' new role at Microsoft.

Study: Slow Job Growth in Tech Sector

New report says job growth is weaker than IT industry claims.

Microsoft Releases 8 'Critical' Security Patches

The Redmond software giant released 12 patches -- eight of which are deemed "critical" -- as part of its regularly scheduled monthly security update.

Microsoft Certified Architect Program Now Live

Microsoft plans to open up senior-level certification to 250 applicants in its first year.

Blogger Scoble To Leave Microsoft

A prominent Microsoft Corp. blogger who sometimes bluntly bashed the software behemoth is leaving the company to join PodTech.net, a Silicon Valley video blogging startup.

IT Weekly Roundup, June 9

From the business wires this week: database backup tools, a virtualization suite and Windows Vista beta.

Microsoft Plans Better Disclosure of Piracy Check Tool

Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users when its piracy monitoring tool is reporting to Microsoft.

CompTIA Unveils New A+ Cert with Electives

After months of speculation, the Computing Technology Industry Association unveiled a new structure for its flagship A+ hardware technician certification.

Microsoft's Live OneCare To Be in Qwest Offering

Microsoft Corp. said Monday that its Internet security software will be included with Qwest's high-speed Internet service.

Microsoft To Offer Premium Exchange Server License

Microsoft Corp. will offer a premium license for the upcoming version of its Exchange e-mail server.

IT Weekly Roundup, June 2

From the business wires this week: a Windows auditing and reporting solution, a database development app for SQL and Microsoft highlights.

Anatomy of the Deal

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

Taking on the IP Thieves

Piracy in China tempers the enormous business opportunities there. 

Putting Windows 98 on Ice

July 11 support deadline looms for Windows 98/SE/Me.

An Unfinished Story

Wall Street punishes Microsoft for playing close to the vest on investment plans. 

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