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Microsoft hands Neath keys to OEM kingdom

Microsoft has filled the Gary Fowle-shaped gap at the top of its local OEM business, with Darren Neath stepping into the breach. Fowle resigned as senior OEM director at Microsoft UK in May and is heading to the vendor's Singapore operation to take on the same job. "Darren Neath, formerly director of our multi-national accounts …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2013
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Microsoft's UK OEM boss swaps Blighty for Singapore

Microsoft's senior UK OEM director Gary Fowle is transferring to the same role in the firm's Singapore operation. Fowle rocked up at the software titan in September 2009, with a remit that included working with big PC players and what was left of the local builder community. He replaced Alison Dodds, who was once tipped for the …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2013
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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

Given the losses Microsoft has racked up with the Surface "design point", the firm could be forgiven for drawing a line under the project rather than sending the third generation product to Britain. In a blog post, Microsoft this week confirmed the Pro 3 model will hit the streets in 25 countries including the UK on 28 August - …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014
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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up. Or so says Phil Sorgen, global partner veep, who reckons the path Microsoft took was "safer" for its legion of suppliers, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

Microsoft today demonstrated Windows 8.1 for the first time in public and showed off at least 60 compatible devices - including Haswell-powered gadgets. Windows vice-president Antoine Leblond took the Computex crowd through a whistlestop tour of all the major new functionality in the OS formerly known as Windows Blue. Key among …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jun 2013
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Windows 7 OEM prices revealed

Online retailer NewEgg has coughed up OEM pricing details for Windows 7 this week, revealing deep discounts from the full retail version. If you want Microsoft's latest OS on the cheap and missed out on earlier promotions, it's certainly not a bad way to go. Strictly speaking, OEM copies are intended for computer builders, but …
Austin Modine, 30 Sep 2009
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Microsoft slings Windows Home Server in OEM bargain bin

Microsoft has slashed the OEM price of its Windows Home Server software by 30 per cent. The firm said on Friday that the channel would get more “value” out of the system builder version, the pricing for which changed on 1 November. Of course, many will wonder – in these head-in-the-cloud days – why such a product is desirable …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Nov 2008
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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

Microsoft has scored two own goals by getting into the hardware game with Surface, the software giant's design for a laptop that thinks it's a tablet: long-standing PC manufacturers are alienated, and there is growing disquiet in the channel over Redmond's decision to sell the lap slab direct. The Pegatron-built Surface slate …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012
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Microsoft floats Hyper-V iron cloud alliance

Microsoft and six of its server chums have joined forces to inflate so-called private clouds with pre-validated hardware running Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2. On Monday, at its TechEd Europe conference in Berlin, Germany, the company announced the Hyper-V Cloud Program, a set of planned systems and services to float …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2010

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

Fujitsu Technology Products Group (FTPG) has become the latest major vendor to give UK IT distributor Northamber its marching orders, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Folk close to the Japanese outfit reckon the clock is already ticking on Surrey-based Northamber to wind down its position. "They are gone by 30 June," said one …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013
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Fujitsu TS axes channel boss role

Fujitsu Technology Solutions has removed a layer of management after head of channel Martin Smith left the firm to join former colleagues at Microsoft. Talking to El Reg, Fujitsu TS boss Michael Keegan insisted Smith had opted to leave after six years of service, but that he was using the opportunity to shed some costs and will …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2011
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Microsoft forbids changes to Windows 7 netbook wallpaper

Netbook users running Windows 7 Starter Edition better learn to enjoy Microsoft's default desktop background, because that's all they're getting. Windows 7 Starter Edition not only blocks end-users from swapping the original Windows-provided wallpaper, colors, and sound schemes - OEMs and partners aren't allowed into the …
Austin Modine, 19 Jun 2009
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Microsoft Tier II OEM direct plans revealed

Microsoft plans to start selling software direct to tier II OEMs in the UK. Around 20 system builders were invited to a meeting at Microsoft HQ in Reading earlier this week where the proposals were put to them. The scheme, yet to be announced, will also allow tier IIs to buy OEM hardware products such as keyboards, cutting out …
Linda Harrison, 19 May 2000
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Palm sets sail as Microsoft OEM

The industry's worst kept secret is no more. Palm, Microsoft and Verizon are to host a press conference on Monday in San Francisco to launch Palm's first Windows-based device, the Treo 700W. Late this afternoon, the Wall Street Journal confirmed the news. Snaps of the Treo 700 have floated around the internet for months, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2005
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Say goodbye to Office 2003, Microsoft tells PC builders

Microsoft is making Office 2007 its default productivity suite for system builders, less than five months after the suite's full-scale launch. Say Goodbye to Office 2003 - logo on Microsoft Small business community blog Microsoft will stop supplying OEM Microsoft Office 2003 from June 30, Microsoft exec Eric Ligman wrote …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jun 2007
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C2000 wins MS OEM gong

Computer 2000 has become an Authorised Microsoft OEM Product Distributor. The appointment (formerly known as a Delivery Service Partner, or DSP) is something the distributor has wanted for some time, said Graeme Watt, Computer 2000 MD. "We are delighted with their decision. Hot on the heels of our Eurodis OnBoard acquisition, …
Linda Harrison, 09 Jul 1999
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Dell moves to keep MS OEM numbers under wraps

Late last week Dell moved to keep details of its OEM relationship with Microsoft secret. Microsoft OEM data is due to be covered in a closed session of the court later today (Related Story), but several news organisations have been trying to have the sessions made public. This mirrors the pre-trial arguments over whether or not …
John Lettice, 11 Jan 1999
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Lenovo pays Microsoft $1.3bn for software

Lenovo will pay up to $1.3bn over the next year to pre-install Microsoft software on its computers. Of course, it is not really doing the paying: it is a Microsoft OEM and so is reselling passing the costs on, along with a little margin for itself, to its customers. So the more it pays Microsoft, the more it is making in PC …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2007
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OEM sales report shows how MS squeezed Netscape out

The Microsoft OEM sales figures the Department of Justice had so much trouble getting access to last year are finally making it into court. Yesterday the DoJ released a Browser Report Card, a single page from one of the company's OEM sales reviews. The rest of the document, all 680 pages of it, is intended to be given to the …
John Lettice, 08 Jan 1999
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How MS tried to keep the lid on its OEM customers

In his written testimony and in court this week, Microsoft OEM chief Joachim Kempin argues that Microsoft is willing to be flexible over the software its OEM customers can install. The permission to modify the Windows 98 startup sequence granted to seven large OEMs in the first half of last year will also be granted to other …
John Lettice, 25 Feb 1999
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Microsoft rejects DSP bids

Microsoft has turned down bids from two of the UK's largest distributors to be allowed to sell OEM software. Both CHS and Computer 2000 had applied to become MS OEM product distributors, but Microsoft has turned them down after smaller OEM distributors complained. Microsoft currently has five OEM distributors - Actebis, …
Pete Morris, 19 Aug 1998
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Microsoft DSP ruling irks C2000

Microsoft was accused of shortsightedness by Computer 2000, following the software vendor's decision to reject CHS and C2000 as OEM distributors. C2000 claimed it would have increased Microsoft sales to system builders - if it had got the go-ahead. Microsoft turned C2000 and CHS down as OEM product distributors after fears that …
Pete Morris, 20 Aug 1998
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Microsoft UK claims 50 per cent anti-piracy hits

Distributors re-selling old OEM stock discarded from Microsoft's vendors face a clamp-down, it has emerged. David Gregory, who heads up the UK anti-piracy group at Microsoft, said today that cases of distributors selling OS software, despite the fact it had been pre-installed on PCs, faced tough prosecution. That emerged after …
Mike Magee, 15 Feb 1999
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What MS OEM agreements really say

Our recent coverage of Microsoft's new-look, flexible and liberal OEM licensing policies (sic) has prompted a helpful Redmondite to ship us some highlights from the Microsoft Windows 98 System Builder Preinstallation User's Guide. As Microsoft OEM chief Joachim Kempin has been saying all week, OEMs are perfectly free to install …
John Lettice, 26 Feb 1999
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Microsoft issues bounty for OS-less PC buyers

Microsoft may not have succeeded in persuading OEMs and system builders to "decline politely" all perverse requests for PCs lacking a pre-installed (preferably Microsoft) OS, but it's shifted to a new approach. It's now bribing system builders to turn in anyone who bids on naked boxes, ostensibly so it can harass these poor, …
Thomas C Greene, 30 Apr 2001
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'Buy AMD or NatSemi,' Microsoft exec told Gates

Microsoft OEM division senior VP Joachim Kempin seems to be a specialist in thinking the unthinkable, being a loose cannon, or both. Last week his radical recommendation that Microsoft move over to a rental model for its software became public (Click for story), and now it emerges that at the same time he was suggesting …
John Lettice, 25 Nov 1998
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Systems builders must avoid complacency, says Microsoft

Delegates at the European integrators forum in Monte Carlo were issued with a stern warning from Microsoft that they must not miss out on NT workstations or the Internet if they want to survive. Laurent Delaporte, Microsoft OEM European marketing director, told system builders that customers were getting smarter and had higher …
Linda Harrison, 24 Jun 1999
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AMD demos first Fusion 'APU'

The first processor to emerge from AMD's long-gestating Fusion effort made its demo debut on Tuesday at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. A Fusion processor is neither a CPU nor GPU, but in AMD parlance an APU — an accelerated processing unit. An APU not only marries a GPU and a CPU onto the same die, but can also …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jun 2010
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Microsoft's OEMs could strip out IE shell, says MS exec

The man who pays the rent at Microsoft spoke today -- and curiously, one of his suggestions was that Microsoft's OEM customers might care to install Caldera's DR-DOS on their machines. It's an interesting notion that may come back to haunt veteran Microsoft OEM boss Joachim Kempin, but we'll get back to it later. He also …
John Lettice, 23 Feb 1999
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HP exec to MS: we'd dump Windows if we could

Microsoft's efforts to control the desktop via the "Windows Experience" prompted Hewlett-Packard's R&D manager to tell the company: "If we had the choice of another supplier, based on your actions in this area, I assure you would not be our supplier of choice." John Romano was writing to Microsoft business manager Dave Wright in …
John Lettice, 21 Jan 1999
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MS cites Python to support sweeping copyright claims

Microsoft fired its antitrust trial return shot yesterday, claiming of course that it had violated no law, but also setting out its stall on copyright, using a 1976 action involving Monty Python as a precedent. In earlier documents, evidence and executive briefings Microsoft has made its position on copyright pretty clear, but …
John Lettice, 19 Jan 2000
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MS plays volume licensing upgrade card against Naked PCs

Businesses wanting to deploy standard configurations across a number of machines frequently take out one of Microsoft's volume licensing programs, set up their own standard distribution then use it to hose whatever OS the PCs they bought came with. Frequently they are under the impression that this involves them paying for two …
John Lettice, 27 Aug 2002
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C2000 drives a hard bargain for Fujitsu

Fujitsu has signed Computer 2000 to distribute its hard disk drives in the UK. The Basingstoke distributor has become an authorised OEM distribution partner for Fujitsu's range of disk drive products. Computer 2000 is trying to step up its components business to compete in the system builder market, and became a Microsoft OEM …
Linda Harrison, 22 Jul 1999
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MS demo video breaches own licence agreements

A Microsoft demonstration of how easy it is for OEMs to customise the Windows desktop shown yesterday was in breach of Microsoft's OEM licensing agreements. Or at least, it was if the OEM isn't one of a handful of top PC manufacturers. Microsoft showed the video to accompany the testimony of OEM licensing chief Joachim Kempin, …
John Lettice, 25 Feb 1999
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MS unveils Win2K anti-piracy tools

Microsoft outlined the anti-piracy measures for its Windows 2000 Professional operating system today at the Computer Trade Show in Birmingham. The US giant, which let copies of the software loose into the OEM channel on Monday in readiness for next month's launch, has added a couple of natty little features to try and foil the …
Linda Harrison, 27 Jan 2000
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HP considered shipping non-MS OS with its Win95 PCs

Hewlett-Packard considered shipping another operating system with its Windows 95 machines, in order to get round Microsoft restrictions placed on the initial boot sequence, according to trial testimony released this week. The plan was apparently rejected because of the strain it would have placed on HP's resources, but it is a …
John Lettice, 30 Apr 1999
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MS derails new trial evidence by pulling witness

Earlier this week Microsoft pulled several of its witnesses from the States' antitrust trial, letting it be known that this was a sign of its confidence in its case. Yesterday, however, all became clear - it was an ambush. The critical removal from the witness list was Richard Fade, senior VP for the Microsoft OEM division. …
John Lettice, 01 May 2002
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Judge rejects MS copyright case, mentions Rockefeller

Microsoft's last-ditch copyright defence was blown out of the water by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson as the antritrust trial reached closing arguments on finding of facts yesterday. Faced with the judge's conclusions that Microsoft was a monopoly and that it had harmed consumers, Microsoft's lawyers had gone for the copyright …
John Lettice, 23 Feb 2000
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MS pushes system builders back to distribution by withholding CDs

Microsoft plans to stop providing operating system CDs to direct OEMs. From January 2000, OEMs buying software direct from Microsoft will either have to put a back up of the system on the customer's hard drive, or provide an OEM branded recovery CD that is BIOS locked to run only on individual customer systems. This will apply …
Linda Harrison, 18 Oct 1999
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It's Jocks away for Osmosis

Osmosis has opened a Scottish office, in Livingston, its second regional division this year. The move comes six months after the hardware and software distributor started its Dublin office, becoming Ireland's first Authorised Microsoft OEM Product Distributor. Osmosis Scotland's general manager, Nick Grecian, described the …
Linda Harrison, 04 Dec 1998
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Jean Louis Gassée on the antitrust dog that never barked

Columnist and author of The BeOS Bible Scot Hacker has published a valedictory for BeOS here at Byte which has some intriguing input from Be founder Jean Louis Gassée. One of the reasons for the failure of BeOS, Hacker identifies, was the inability to induce OEMs to provide true dual-boot machines. Be adopted a non- …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2001
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Get your MS licences – 2% below cost!

The UK arm of Enta, the Taiwanese OEM distie, has provoked a furious response from rivals for selling Microsoft OEM licences at two per cent below cost. For cash, presumably upfront, of course. 'Commercial suicide', says Ideal Hardware: "...shooting themselves in the foot," says Bytes Technology Group. Enta denies it's selling …
Drew Cullen, 14 Aug 2002
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Two hundred system builders go crazy in Monte Carlo

A flock of system builders are set to descend on Monte Carlo this week to attend the Integrator Forum 2000. The Mediterranean sunshine has attracted 206 PC builders from 26 European countries to this year's event. Also attending will be 66 manufacturers, keen to promote their wares as the champagne flows. Vendors at the …
Linda Harrison, 23 May 2000
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Secret deals MS uses to control PC companies

MDAs are not discounts from royalty rates, Norris adamantly maintained, but "a vehicle that Microsoft used in order for us to perform activities that benefited them in many ways. It was a vehicle that also gave royalty reductions that imposed costs on the PC manufacturer, in order to attain the royalty reductions. There were …
Graham Lea, 10 Jun 1999
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Compaq exec downplays MS threat to pull its Windows licence

Compaq exec John Rose says in testimony released yesterday that Windows makes computers easier to use, and that his company happily abandoned its own home-grown 'making PCs easier' software, Tabworks, "because it generated significant support costs and because we were satisfied that Windows 95 was more user-friendly". Rose's …
John Lettice, 17 Feb 1999
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Unsealed Caldera files detail MS evidence shredding claims

Evidence given under oath that Microsoft deliberately destroyed evidence that could be used in pending or forthcoming antitrust actions has finally come to light. Although its existence had been generally known, Microsoft has succeeded keeping it secret until now. But following an application by the Salt Lake Tribune, the San …
Graham Lea, 01 Feb 2000
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MS gives advice on preparing for W2K

Windows 2000 will be released this year and system builders should pre-install Windows NT Workstation 4.0 prepare customers for the launch, Microsoft said today. Matti Suokko, Microsoft OEM product manager for Windows, said Windows 2000 Professional, the business software replacement for Windows NT, was on track for release …
Linda Harrison, 25 Jun 1999
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Gates: How Lotus boss helped MS inside IBM

Bill Gates' video testimony earlier this week included a reference to a Gates email which appeared to suggest Lotus boss Jeff Papows was engaged in some form of secret negotiations with Microsoft. (Earlier Story) The email in question, which the DoJ has now released, confirms this. Gates was writing to executives, including …
John Lettice, 18 Dec 1998
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Unsealed Caldera documents expose MS' DR-DOS moves

The Caldera case is likely to be cited long after the details of what Microsoft did with its technosabotage efforts on DR-DOS are forgotten. In the Salt Lake City District Court, Magistrate Judge Ronald Boyce has confirmed that news organisations have a right under the First Amendment to the American Constitution ("Congress …
Graham Lea, 24 May 1999
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Overcharging for Windows: how MS may beat the rap

This week Microsoft scored its second victory against a class action claiming it overcharged for Windows, when a Nevada judge granted the company's motion to throw out the case. This follows on from an Oregon ruling last week, where the judge rejected the claim on the basis that consumers could only sue if they'd bought directly …
John Lettice, 20 Jun 2000