December 2010

  • Hunt outlines coalition broadband plans

    The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is today setting out the coalition government's broadband strategy, setting a tentative date of 2015 to bring super-fast fibre broadband to between 85% and 90% of ...

  • Clarification: Impact Computing

    Preston-based Impact Computing has requested that MicroScope points out that it is in no way connected to the recent coverage of the latest efforts by Microsoft to reduce hard disk loading. One of...

  • Discretion is still the better part of valour

    A number of employers offer staff discretionary bonuses, which when times are good, can make sense. But are employers always obliged to pay these bonuses? A recent judgment - Humphreys v Norilsk Ni...

  • What on earth is going on at Proofpoint?

    Security vendor ProofPoint,was due to make announcements about its Proofpoint Enterprise Protection and the Proofpoint Enterprise Privacy suites. Pretty uncontroversial, you might think. We're not ...

  • More grief for drivers

    The Government has laid amendments to legislation before Parliament which should, if passed, make life more expensive and painful for non-conforming drivers. The new rulesfrom 1 February 2011 w...

  • Tech Data memory deal means you won't look back in anger

    Here's Jane Asher starring in John Osborne'siconicplay, Look Back in Anger.Today, however, a very different John Osborne is equally passionate about a deal he's justsigned with two top memory brand...

  • Google steps up anti-piracy fight

    Google has announced it is increasing attempts to make life difficult for internet software pirates with a raft of measures designed to protect copyright holders. Web piracy is increasing in both ...

  • Gateway claims rivals meddled with UK partner recruitment

    Gateway reckons its partner recruitment drive in the UK stalled because rivals put pressure on prospective resellers and distributors to steer clear of the brand. The Acer-owned business - a profes...

  • Sage reshuffle results in fresh UK CEO

    Sage has promoted its current head of small business Brendan Flattery to take over the UK CEO role from the start of next year. Following the management reshuffle, that was announced along with th...

  • Channel warned over voice security neglect

    The rush towards convergence among voice and data resellers means that the security of voice and VoIP installations is being neglected with potentially damaging consequences. Convergence VAD W...

  • Nortel auctions wind down with GDNT China sale

    Nearly two full years after it first went into administration, Nortel has sold its final substantial asset, China-based Guandgong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment (GDNT), to Ericsson China for $5...

  • HP seeking UK boss to spice up BCS after Curry leaves

    HP has confirmed that is looking for a new head to run its Business Critical Systems unit in the UK and Ireland with current incumbent Rod Curry resigning after less than a year in charge. Curry, w...

  • Cloud code of conduct will help users choose right resellers

    The moves by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) to introduce certification for hosted suppliers has been seen as a way of not just dispelling customer fears but of establishing a legitimate channel for...

  • Promethean warns of weaker Q4

    Education technology specialist Promethean World has warned that its fiscal fourth quarter has not been strong on the revenue front and full year numbers will be impacted. In guidance on Q4 from t...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 December 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: British computing pioneer Wilkes dies The father of British computing, Sir Maurice Wilkes, died this week at ...

  • Dismissals aren't always effective

    It's a misconception to think that just because an employee has been sent a letter of dismissal that the dismissal has been effected. According to the Supreme Court in the case of Gisda Cyf v Barra...

  • Brand Rustler

    Brand owners naturally want to protect their good name and arecent case involving a domain name that was alleged to breach a trademark highlights the fact that brand owners don't always win. T...

  • Mitel sales hold steady in Q2

    Unified comms software vendor Mitel hasmade total sales of $161.1m (£103m) - down 0.8% - inthe second quarter of its fiscal 2011. In unaudited figures for the three months to the end of O...

  • How do I put the magic back in our relationship? It's all down to the Nuance of speech

    Back by popular request, here's Gina our resident Problem Lady, to answer all your relationship questions Dear Problem Lady: My relationship has gone bad. I'm a reseller working closely with the ed...

  • Microsoft to restructure LAR compensation model again

    Microsoft is planning another round of sweeping changes to the Enterprise Agreement fees that LARs make on sales to major accountswhichmay force some to drop the accreditation. LARs have until Octo...