August 2007 - The Right Stuff: Microsoft's Roadmap for Partners

In this issue: Microsoft execs describe a plan to ensure better coordination with partners in RCP's August cover story. The issue also looks at four "myths" about Microsoft's Partner Program, solution selling tips and what's up with Vista, plus much more.


Windows Server 2008 Pushed Back -- Again

Windows Server 2008, Microsoft's delay-plagued next-generation server OS, is being delayed yet again.

Windows Vista SP1 Due in Early 2008

A public beta will be available in a few weeks

Users: Outage No Reason To Abandon Skype

Outage unlikely to cause current users to give up on the Internet phone service and consider problems like these to be an acceptable inconvenience.

NJ Teen Unlocks IPhone From AT&T Network

A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.

Windows 2008 Transition Exam Vouchers: See You In September

Vouchers for those who ordered back in June will finally get the voucher codes in September, when Windows Server 2008 transition exam goes into beta testing.

EU Accuses Rambus of 'Patent Ambush'

European Union regulators have charged Rambus Inc. with antitrust abuse, alleging the memory chip designer demanded "unreasonable" royalties for its patents that were fraudulently set as industry standards.

Microsoft To Launch Communications Tools in October

The next generation of Microsoft's efforts at unified communications will be unveiled on Oct. 16.

VMware's Stock Rises 76 Percent in Debut

VMware Inc.'s shares soared by 76 percent in their stock market debut Tuesday, reflecting a belief that the software maker is on the leading edge of a trend.

Citrix Buying VMware Rival for $500M

Citrix Systems is buying XenSource Inc. for $500 million, marking the second big deal this week in thte virtualization segment.

Microsoft Releases 9 Patches

Six of the patches fix critical vulnerabilities that could give an attacker full control of a machine.

Exchange Service Pack Beta Released

Exchange Server 2007 reached the next step in its lifecycle with a community technology preview (CTP) of its first service pack.

Microsoft: Windows XP Product Keys Running Out

Microsoft has announced that it is releasing another version of XP Professional because it's run out of product keys.

AQuantive Approves Microsoft Buyout

Shareholders of online advertising company aQuantive Inc. approved a buyout offer from Microsoft Corp. at a meeting in downtown Seattle Thursday.

Microsoft Releases Vista Updates to Public

Microsoft on Tuesday officially released several updates for Windows Vista -- fixes that were initially released to the public last week, before being pulled down.

Policy Management Tweak Misses Cut in 2nd SQL Server 2008 CTP

Anticipated improvements to the way polices are set up and managed in one or more instances did not make it into the second CTP of SQL Server 2008.

Delays Hit Next Version of Office for Macs

The next version of Microsoft Office for the Mac platform has been delayed until next year.

Vista Fixes Released, Then Removed

Microsoft's continuing infatuation with Windows Vista secrecy continues, with the company posting some updates on its Windows Connect site, then pulling them down.

Microsoft: 60 Million Copies of Vista Sold

According to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Windows Vista has outsold Apple's entire installed base in the six months that Vista has been available.

Microsoft Confirms Windows XP SP3

An e-mail scant of details from a Microsoft spokesperson reveals that Windows XP SP3 will see release in the first half of 2008.

Hidden Gold in Partner-to-Partner Transactions

Networking within the channel can lead to big revenue opportunities, IDC study finds.

New Dynamics Duo

With the release of GP 10 and SL 7, Microsoft demonstrates its commitment to a four-suite Dynamics strategy.

The Gold Club

Here's a listing of more companies that achieved Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status.

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