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  • Times were hard back then: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (10)

    If you think times are tough now in the computing industry, you should have seen it in the early days. Think of the poor managing director of a failed company spotted in conference with five burly representatives of an aggrieved component supplie... 

  • Making a mountain where there might not be a mole

    Have you heard about the Google mole in Twitter? There's a load of stories about it. A quick search on Google News today (8 April) brought up 15 versions of the story. Given the number of references to the story, you would expect there to be some... 

  • HP chief plans WebOS on every machine but do users want it?

    HP CEO Léo Apotheker is reported to have revealed plans to include the WebOS on every PC the vendor ships from 2012 onwards. Not that it's getting rid of Windows, you understand, but it will ship WebOs alongside the Microsoft product on every ... 

  • Money talks in LAR fee changes

    Microsoft's changes to the fee structure of its Enterprise Agreements (EA) appear pretty tough. On the surface, large account resellers (LARs) are losing around two-thirds of their existing fees for sales to clients on its major accounts list. As a c... 

  • Local difficulties could be lost in the cloud

    It appears that resellers are getting concerned about Microsoft's forthcomingOffice 365 cloud product and how they will fit into the company's plans. Understandable, given that everyone in the channel is trying to work out what role they will play in... 

  • Microsoft still searching for an answer

    Microsoft's Q2 results are a bit of a mixed bag. Although Windows sales were $300m lower than expected, sales at its Business Division (Office) were up 24% at $6bn and sales at its Entertainment and Services division were up 55%, mainly on the back o... 

  • An orchestra of one: Is Ballmer feeling lonely at the top?

    News of yet another executive leaving Microsoft with the departure ofWindows 7 boss Brad Brooksreminded me of something that I saw at the weekend. My eldest daughter, who is going through a Frank Sinatra/Gene Kelly phase (it's great to see), got a DV... 

  • Facebook could win exclusive rights to the word Face

    Facebook has this week been granted a 'notice of allowance' to trade mark the word 'face' by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Unbelievable! But true. We should patent the English language. Although some of it's Latin. And some words are Yi... 

  • Twitter might not be quite as free as it seems

    Over a lunch the other day the subject of Twitter came up along with the usual debate about its value as a form of communication. But there was another spin to the debate with this contact arguing in the last calander year providing content and enga...