November 2009

  • Microsoft calls on developers to add value to Windows 7

    Microsoft has continued to court developers at its annual shindig for the ISV community detailing opportunities for third parties to add functionality around Windows 7. The vendor has already used...

  • EU blesses Avaya Nortel marriage

    Brussels has approved Avaya's billion dollar acquisition of Nortel's enterprise business, paving the way for the deal to close by Christmas.

  • HP staff vote to strike

    Unite members at Hewlett-Packard have voted in favour strike action over the transfer of 150 customer engineering workers and support specialists.

  • WatchGuard appoints Sphinx as it moves into web protection software

    Unified threat management (UTM) specialist WatchGuard has added Sphinx to its distribution roster as it integrates the acquired Borderware products and channels into its portfolio. Sphinx, which w...

  • Digital Economy Bill outlined in Queen's speech

    The government has announced a Digital Economy Bill in the Queen’s speech, as it steps up its war against illegal file sharers. The bill, which will support the Digital Britain report, proposes me...

  • Renucci takes the helm of restructured KCOM business

    In the final stage of a lengthy restructuring process, KCOM Group has merged its managed comms services business, Affiniti, with its connectivity and hosting unit, Kingston Communications, with Aff...

  • Opening up security

    One of the most common words that crops up in discussions about the security market is 'transition,' referring to the move from a reactive to proactive industry trying to stop threats before they w...

  • Government and BT fund high-speed broadband in Northern Ireland

    The government and BT are to invest £48m in Northern Ireland's telecommunication network.

  • NHS IT scheme to be scaled back

    The chancellor Alistair Darling and the Treasury are to scale back spending on the NHS's National Programme for IT.

  • Northamber downbeat on Q1 performance

    Northamber has remained downbeat about the short term prospect for improvements in the market as it reported a 9% fall in sales for its fiscal first quarter.

  • Microsoft puts meat on Azure bones

    Microsoft has unveiled the details of its cloud platform, which will launch at the start of next year, building an online community for developers and resellers to promote their own applications.

  • Sony makes AIT kit to order

    Sony is only manufacturing AIT drives and automation systems to order ahead of its planned withdrawal from the market in March 2010. The technology never really recovered from backward compatibili...

  • TSG back on acquisition trail

    TSG is now back on the reseller acquisition trail, having called a halt to its expansion plans in March last year. The largest national accountancy reseller has grown to its present size by buyin...

  • TSG back on the acquisition trail

    TSG is now back on the reseller acquisition trail, having called a halt to its expansion plans in March last year.

  • Buying Solutions delayed framework agreement "farcical"

    Buying Solutions could overturn the previously confirmed supplier line-up in the tender stage for the £6bn IT Hardware and Software framework agreement, after retrospectively changing its selection...

  • In depth: VAT – are you ready for 1 January 2010?

    Resellers will hopefully all be aware that the temporary reduction of the VAT standard rate to 15% will end on 31 December 2009. Many businesses reported that the cost of implementing the reduction...

  • In depth: Making software count

    Vendors and resellers in the accounting market say they have begun to see signs that the worst of the recession is over. Customers are buying reporting tools to give them a better understanding of ...

  • VAT: are you ready for 1 January 2010?

    Resellers will hopefully all be aware that the temporary reduction of the VAT standard rate to 15% will end on 31 December 2009.

  • Toshiba Europe boss quells talk of PC biz sale

    Toshiba has scotched talk in the Far East that it is in discussions to offload its PC business to acquisitive netbook pioneer Asustek Computer.

  • Office based mobile phone calls costing millions

    Tightening up on the use of mobile phones could save users a fair bit of money and provide resellers pitching smart phones with a foot in the door after it emerged that £264m is wasted unnecessaril...