Memo From Microsoft to Partners: Keep Windows 7 Momentum Goingview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – As Windows 8 buzz grows louder, Microsoft is working overtime to ensure OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and partners continue to focus on Windows 7 sales. Indeed, Peter Han (pictured), GM of Microsoft’s U.S. OEM group, spent an hour with The VAR Guy in Manhattan this week. (IT news)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Updates Take Canonical Beyond the Desktopview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – In little more than a month, the latest release of Ubuntu, 12.04 LTS, will be upon us. As we’ve already noted, it brings a lot of new features to the desktop. But since PCs are only a fraction of the Ubuntu universe, we’d be remiss not to take stock of the updates that 12.04 will usher in on servers, the cloud and beyond. (IT news)

Dell Study Shows Place for the Channel in SMB Cloud Adoptionview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Here’s some good news for all you cloud-focused VARs out there. According to a new Dell survey, “securing a trusted IT partner” is the best way for a company to deploy cloud technologies. Hmm, sounds good for the channel, especially when VARs are often the “trusted adviser” for many things. Our resident blogger has the breakdown on the survey results for you. (IT news)

Linux Netbook Sales: Suffering From More Market Shrinkage?view story

http://www.thevarguy.com – The VAR Guy thinks Linux Netbooks may have fallen into a pool filled with chilly water. The apparent result: Continued market shrinkage. Alas, The VAR Guy doesn’t have official market data to share. But three pieces of circumstantial evidence suggest the Linux Netbook market continues to decline in North America while the Apple iPad and tablets continue to rise. (IT news)

Former Avaya Channel Chief to Head Westcon’s EMEA Operationsview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – In January 2012 it was announced Avaya’s head of Worldwide Channels, Jeremy Butt, would be leaving Avaya “to pursue other opportunities.” We now know what those opportunities are: Butt has been tapped to lead Westcon Group’s new EMEA region as executive vice president. In his new role, Butt will oversee Westcon’s converged European unified communications, European security and Africa/India/Middle (IT news)

New App Stats Available for Publishers via the Android Market Developer Consoleview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Those of you familiar with app publication on the Android Market should surely be familiar with the Application Statistics. For those that aren’t, they are tools that help developers tune their development and marketing efforts to better appeal apps to you. (IT news)

Talend Eyes Big Data Market with Latest Open Source Offeringview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Telling IT consumers your latest product harkens back to the past may not seem like a great idea in a market where innovation and forward-thinking are prime. (IT news)

IBM PartnerWorld: Channel Incentives Drive Greater Profitview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – The VAR Guy had the chance to sit down with Mark Hennessy, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners and Midmarket, to discuss IBM’s focus on the channel, business data analytics and the merging of software and hardware specializations. The VAR Guy sees IBM as bullish on all things, but is the channel equally psyched? (IT news)

Head In The Clouds? M5 Networks Wants That Ideaview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – M5 Networks, which was recently acquired by ShoreTel, has launched an initiative to improve its services: a suggestion box. Why is M5 Networks looking for a huge amount of feedback? (IT news)

Digium’s First IP Phones and Asterisk: A Perfect Combo?view story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Digium is best known for promoting Asterisk, the open source IP PBX. Now, Digium is pushing out to network endpoints and introducing its first IP phones. (IT news)