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Thin-client giant Wyse gobbled by Dell

PC and server maker Dell never made a machine that needed a dumb terminal, but it does make servers that could end up driving the 21st century equivalent: the thin client served up a virtual desktop over the internet. That is why Dell has shelled out an undisclosed sum to snap up Wyse Technologies, the volume shipper of thin …
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Ex-HP VP predicts PC arm sell-off and life as IBM's number 2

Canalys’s APAC channels conference in Bangkok last week was jam-packed with senior execs, from HP’s Meg Whitman to top dogs from EMC, Cisco and Microsoft and their counterparts in major distributors and resellers. But flying in under radar was one veteran exec simply listed as a “distinguished guest”. In a 33-year career, Bernd …
Joe Fay, 06 Nov 2013
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Dell's enterprise biz: Can you beat HP without being HP?

The head of Dell’s enterprise business last week claimed the firm was on track to take the number one spot in the x86 server market this year, kicking out incumbent HP. Marius Haas made himself a hostage to server market fortune as the Texan firm shipped its enterprise top brass into London to convince customers, and channel …
Joe Fay, 14 May 2013
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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

Would you like to work in a cross between Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley? For a small selection of IBMers, that’s the only way to describe their working environment, although the place we’re talking about is officially called Hursley Park. You can get there by turning off the M3 and rattling through some pretty English village …
Joe Fay, 10 Apr 2014
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Dell's PC biz craters as servers and networking chug along

If you want a proxy for what people think about the proposed $24.4bn buyout deal of Dell by company founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, don't look at the company's stock price, look at its financial results for its fourth quarter. Wall Street is worried about what Dell is going to do with the PC …
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Computacenter veteran O'Hara exits stage left

The exit of Computacenter veteran Julie O'Hara has resulted in a rejig of the UK sales leadership team, The Register understands. During a 15-year tenure at the services-based reseller giant, O'Hara held various director roles with the last 24 months spent looking after the financial services and retail customers. Mike Norris, …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2012
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Think PCs will drop in price? Think again, warns Intel

The Golden Age of ever-decreasing PC prices is over, at least as far as Intel is concerned. Speaking to investors in London last week, the chip giant's CFO Stacy Smith boasted how the vendor had broken the pricing death spiral that has bedevilled the PC industry for most of its history. This has been achieved by a combination …
Joe Fay, 30 May 2011
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Will CEO Meg spare HP's PC biz?

HP may not lop off its PC biz after all: CEO Meg Whitman is still chewing the stats and weighing up the impact on its other hardware operations. Whitman is set to make the final decision at the end of this month, though HP's board were already getting cold feet before the exit of former CEO Leo Apotheker, who hatched the plan. …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2011
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Microsoft drops Win7 deadline for XP and Vista holdouts

Microsoft is giving users of Windows Vista and Windows XP Professional software extra time to put off their migration to Windows 7. Before today, Microsoft said that after the release of the first Windows 7 Service Pack – which hit beta today and is due in the first half of 2011 – customers buying Windows 7 would no longer be …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2010
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Middle man: Dell expands on growth plans

Michael Dell is not been spending the same amount of time contemplating his navel as he did a few years back, immediately before the tech company that bears his name hit a rough patch and he returned to straighten things out. Dell and his top brass do, though, spend a lot of time thinking about the belly of the IT market – …
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Virtual servers and economic gloom boost Wyse Technology's message

The recession is an opportunity for some. Wyse reckons it can boost its thin client business by pushing its thin client server running as a virtual machine overcoming Windows thin client inadequacies. Replacing desktop PCs is the traditional Wyse story, now with added server virtualisation aspects and extra relevance because …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2008
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Discounts damage for Microsoft Windows 7 PC boost?

Things are looking up for PC manufacturers. The last three months of 2009 saw shipments of computers grow 22 per cent, while all - except Dell - enjoyed robust double-digit growth in the US and internationally according to Gartner. It was the strongest quarter of growth in seven years for sales of PCs, and it indicated a …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2010
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Ballmer backs away from 'Vista Capable' legal row

Steve Ballmer has distanced himself from the ongoing “Vista Capable” legal spat by claiming he had no direct involvement in Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the operating system. In a document (pdf courtesy of SeattlePI) filed last Friday, the software giant’s CEO effectively exonerated himself in the Windows Vista Capable …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008
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Sun quietly sets mobile middleware bait

Yes, Apple has a lot to answer for. Having hooked the iPhone into Microsoft's Exchange email server, so business types can now read corporate emails horizontally, more tried-and-tested enterprise vendors are revisiting the concept of mobile business computing. Sybase last week began pushing the latest version of SQL Anywhere. …
Phil Manchester, 11 Aug 2008
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Microsoft banks on Windows 7 double holiday hit

Microsoft has enlisted the dedicated cheerleadership of IDC to write a report that says how Windows 7 will boost employment and revenue for the IT industry as a whole - and for companies in the Microsoft partner ecosystem in particular. The software giant paid IDC to produce exactly the same kind of reports during 2006 on …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2009
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Microsoft predicts 'some' ROI for online millions by 2010

Two years after Microsoft rattled Wall St committing to spend millions against Google, the company's said it'll be at least another two years before investors see any return on the investment. Chief financial officer Chris Liddell, announcing Microsoft's fourth-quarter and fiscal 2008 results, told Wall St it'll likely be fiscal …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2008
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Lights out for Microsoft 2.0?

Microsoft's conversion to Web 2.0 concepts like online, ad-funded services and software-as-a-service in the last few years have made it the oldest startup in town. Chief executive Steve Ballmer has evangelized search and advertising as his company's manifest destiny and, from chief software architect Ray Ozzie on down, has …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Oct 2008
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Microsoft profits fall in Q1

Xbox fans helped propelled Microsoft's business during its latest quarter as the repercussions of last year's Windows Vista launch continued to be felt. For the three months to March 31, Microsoft reported a 10.9 per cent drop in net income to $4.3bn, factoring in the EU's anti-trust fine of $1.42bn, on revenue that grew less …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2008
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Microsoft records first ever revenue drop

Microsoft's reported its first ever drop in year-on-year revenue thanks to a combination of deteriorating PC sales and increased uptake of cheap netbooks. Revenue for its third fiscal quarter fell six per cent to $13.65bn, the company said Thursday, while net income plummeted 32 per cent to $2.98 bn. Earnings per share dropped …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Apr 2009
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Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high

Microsoft's put a brave face on its first-quarter results one year after trumpeting its best performance in eight years. The company Thursday fell back to highlighting its un-sexy multi-year licensing agreements with big customers as proof its business is sound and can endure a recession and netbooks onslaught, as it saw …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2008
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Windows Update to trumpet Vista Capable debacle?

Little did Microsoft executives realize when they blessed the seemingly brilliant wheeze of "Windows Vista Capable" as a way of flogging the operating system that the idea could turn into a bitter pill their company might have to swallow. But there's the very real possibility Microsoft's very own Windows Update and MSN could be …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2008
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Intel details fresh desktop, mobile 'Cores'

Surprising no one, Intel announced on Thursday that it would be rounding out its Core i3/5/7 mobile and desktop processor lines on January 7 at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Not that there's anything wrong with being unsurprising - after bumps such as the recent Larrabee GPU/CPU shutdown, a little …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Dec 2009
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Xbox dearth takes edge off Microsoft's record quarter

A shortage of components for the Xbox 360 took some of the shine off Microsoft's record second-quarter business results. Revenue came in below Wall St expectations at $11.83bn - analysts had anticipated $11.93bn - for the period to December 31, the all-important holiday shopping season. Microsoft sold 1.5m Xbox 360 consoles, …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2006
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Microsoft nobbled ‘Vista-Capable’ for Intel

High-ranking Microsoft and Intel executives were involved in a plan to re-write the Windows Vista Capable program to save both companies - and OEMs - millions of dollars, according to unsealed court documents. Microsoft removed a key requirement from the Vista Capable program so PCs running old Intel chips suited to Windows XP …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Nov 2008
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Investors' hopes rise as Microsoft's Q4 profit falls

Microsoft today erased investor worries over a 24 per cent drop in fourth quarter profits by announcing a massive stock buyback program and bullish results for its fiscal year. Redmond's fourth quarter revenue came in at $11.80bn - a 16 per cent year-over-year increase. The revenue gains, however, were offset by the large …
Ashlee Vance, 20 Jul 2006
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Microsoft sharpens Longhorn for SMEs

Microsoft has admitted its products have neglected the unique needs of small businesses in the past but claims this will all change with the release of Longhorn. However, the vendor also admits it still needs to do a lot of work to educate its channel, as well as users, before it can expect to tap into the almost legendary …
Joe Fay, 29 Apr 2005
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Microsoft costs creep up, ahead of launches

Microsoft is keeping mum about how Windows Vista and Office 2007 will affect its coming fiscal year, but conceded investments to promote these, plus other new activities including online services, are pumping up corporate spending. Microsoft said Thursday it expects next fiscal year's revenue to hit between $49.5bn and $50.5bn …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2006
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Microsoft's Q3 hurt by settlement costs

Microsoft celebrated solid revenue growth in its third quarter but felt the pains of recent legal settlements with net income falling year-over-year. Microsoft reported $9.18bn in revenue for the period ended 31 March. This marks a 17 per cent increase over the $7.84bn posted in the same quarter a year ago. The company's net …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Apr 2004
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Wi-Fi Alliance ‘caught with pants down’ says chip maker

The Register's Wireless LAN Channel Almost all the people who make Wi-Fi silicon chips have signed up to Cisco's new wireless networking standards, CCX - but not all of them have done so willingly. We interviewed one reluctant recruit, who thinks this is the biggest threat faced by the Wi-Fi Alliance so far. Our source is a …
Guy Kewney, 02 Jun 2003
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Rare Dell critics spotted circling over Austin

For the first time in ages, the famed "Dell model" has come into question. Analysts have started wondering if Dell can surge from $49bn in annual sales to $80bn within three or four years. Such a jump would require solid results from Dell's computer business and far above average growth from its server, storage, services and …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Apr 2005
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We taught the Linux boys everything they know – SCO exec

Ray Anderson, senior VP of marketing at SCO, wrote to us claiming to have choked on his Ribena after reading our Sun/Linux news items Sun set to bring Linux to UltraSparc and Sun plan to run Linux apps on Solaris. Poor fellow, we thought. We'd hate to have caused him such distress, so we invited Ray to put his case. His opinions …
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IBM wins $5bn JP Morgan outsourcing deal

ComputerWire logo IBM Corp used the quiet of the holiday season to finalize contract details on its $5bn seven-year infrastructure outsourcing deal with investment bank JP Morgan Chase & Co, which is said to be the largest of its kind and bigger than an earlier $4bn win for IBM with American Express. The agreement signed with …
ComputerWire, 03 Jan 2003