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  • Not everything is virtual at VMworld

    As more than one observer has already remarked, this year's VMworld Europe event in Copenhagen was occasionally like a conference in reverse. This was most obviously manifested in the fact that the keynote from VMware CEO Paul Maritz was delivered on... 

  • Yes, partners should be committed, but how do you define their commitment?

    "Underperformance is no longer an option." Chilling words from Anthony O'Mara, Trend Micro EMEA senior vice president, in the context of what the vendor expects from its channel partners going forward. He hits the nail on the head when he d... 

  • Yah boo sucks, that's enough Oracle and Autonomy!

    I love a good spat as much as the next person but am I alone in thinking there is something incredibly childish in the current very public row between Oracle and Autonomy? It's pretty unseemly for one company to accuse the CEO at another of havin... 

  • Red Hat: on track to become a billion dollar open source software company

    Amid all the reports about Red Hat's very strong performance in the second quarter ending 31 August, only one site seems to have picked up on an intriguing comment made by the vendor's CEO Jim Whitehurst in the statement accompanying the results anno... 

  • If HP wants to be the new IBM, does Google want to be the new Apple?

    So I go away for two weeks and all hell breaks loose. First, Google decides to buy Motorola's mobile phone operation, then HP says it's getting out of the PC business and discontinuing WebOS products. Now, the Google thing makes sense, kind of, if yo... 

  • Google spurned offer to join Microsoft and Apple in bid for "bogus patents"

    To many people out there, the name Brad Smith might not be too familiar. He'sMicrosoft's general counsel and most of the time anyone would have come across his name in the past would probably have been in defending the software giant against anti-mon... 

  • Jargon buster is a good idea but it misses the real target

    Earlier in the week, IT support company Barton Technology released a "jargon buster" designed to help small businesses and SMEs decipher some of the jargon in hardware, networking, software and licensing, backup, server applications and sec... 

  • Is there more to Microsoft than Windows?

    Only the churlish would seek to dismiss a company reporting record revenue and profits, especially when that company is Microsoft, the biggest software business in the world. As I'm not churlish by disposition, I won't, although quite a few others ha... 

  • Apple may not be a computer company anymore but it's doing very nicely

    In January 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company was dropping the word "Computer" from its name to become "Apple Inc". As he pointed out at the time, only one product (the Mac) was a computer out of the four pr... 

  • Currency fluctuations can be good for your business, ask IBM

    Here's an interesting snippet of information: IBM's second quarter revenues were positively affected by currency fluctuations to the tune of 7% or around $1.6bn. In other words, without positive foreign exchange rates, IBM's revenues would have been ...