May 2011

  • MESH picked up by PC Peripherals

    MESH Computers has been sold but the brand and certain other assets will remain in British hands after being picked up by PC Peripherals. The sale came after MacIntyre Hudson was appointed earlier...

  • SCC to make data centre services carbon neutral

    SCC has signed an agreement with carbon management specialists co2balance to offset carbon emissions from its £20m hosted servicesdata centre facility. Co2balance offers carbon footprint calc...

  • Finance not seen as problem for optimistic mid-market

    Smaller firms might still be struggling to get credit and blame the banks for keeping too tight a grip on the purse strings but in the mid-market there appears to be more optimism around the chance...

  • NHS benefits from Microsoft LAR licensing promotion

    Microsoft's Large Account Resellers have been given access to a scheme to sell software licensing enterprise agreements individually to NHS orgainsations saving considerable amounts of money for cu...

  • Lockheed Martin attack keeps security in the spotlight

    Security resellers will have kept an eye on the developments at Lockheed Martin over the weekend after the defence specialist revealed it had been the victim of a major attack designed to penetrate...

  • Xirrus adds EMEA channel, sales vice president

    High-performance wireless network specialist Xirrus is gearing up for a growth spurt inEMEA after appointing Sean Larner to run its sales and channels in the region. Larner joins Xirrus from servic...

  • HP faces another laptop battery recall

    A year after it first had to announce a battery recall Hewlett-Packard is having to renew its call for users to return more products that are at risk of overheating. Because of a risk of some lith...

  • Cut your energy costs

    Whether it's a direct result of greater demand, falling supply or governmental policy, energy is only ever going to get more expensive. However, it doesn't help that energy companies seem to have g...

  • Shock, horror, Zuckerberg kills the food he eats

    There's a bizarre story all over the web today about Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg. It seems that he decided that if he wanted to eat meat, he would kill the animal himself. Well, if you were extre...

  • More changes to employment law - just not yet

    The Government considers that current law relating to flexible parental leave is too rigid and 'reflects outdated notions of parenting..and restricts employers'. As a result, it has launched a cons...

  • Thank Christ PRs haven't discovered social media!

    A new report from Sourcewire says that technology PRs are failing to use social media to reach journalists. Well, thank goodness for that, we say. That's a bit like a report complaining that 'stalk...

  • Why inkjet?

    Since inkjet printers came onto the market in the late 1980's they have predictably fallen in price and risen in popularity, particularly in the home market, but could more businesses benefit from ...

  • Welcome to HP's 'Printing Resource Centre'

    Welcome to HP's 'Printing Resource Centre', in association with Microscope - over the course of the next six months we'll be sharing everything we know about the inkjet business; insight which we h...

  • NS Optimum rescues education VAR A2Z

    Barely twomonths after it bought defunct system builder PARS Technology out of administration, education reseller NS Optimum has flown to the rescue of a second struggling firm, buying the trade an...

  • VCE appoints Magirus as first EMEA distribution partner

    VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company set up last yeat by EMC, Cisco and VMware, has appointed Magirus as its first EMEA distribution partner. Magirus already has a track record selling th...

  • If this was football, vote of confidence for Ballmer would be kiss of death

    What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to bu...

  • North Korea to build three PCs. After Kim Jong-il, who gets the other two?

    You may not have seen it but there was quite a bit of coverage on the Internet devoted to North Korea's PC production plans. Apparently, it is making three models and Korean state TV showed picture...

  • Ballmer ends tough week with board backing

    It has not been the best of weeks for Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer who revealed the rough schedule for the release of Windows 8 and then had to back track and was heavily criticised by a leading h...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 May 2011

    Cisco shakes up blade server market in Q1, says IDC Cisco's chargeinto the blade server market with its UCS technology is beginning to shake up a highly consolidated sectorwhere the top three vendo...

  • A date with HMRC

    To help businesses plan ahead in their tax and reporting obligations, HMRC has now made available their tax deadline calendar for 2011/12. A simple idea, it will help businesses establish when...