• December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Hunt outlines coalition broadband plans

    The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is today setting out the coalition government's broadband strategy, setting a tentative date of 2015 to bring super-fast fibre broadband to between 85% and 90% of the UK, with the private sector shouldering the bulk...  Continue Reading

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Clarification: Impact Computing

    Preston-based Impact Computing has requested that MicroScope points out that it is in no way connected to the recent coverage of the latest efforts by Microsoft to reduce hard disk loading. One of the resellers named and shamed by the vendor last ...  Continue Reading

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Discretion is still the better part of valour

    A number of employers offer staff discretionary bonuses, which when times are good, can make sense. But are employers always obliged to pay these bonuses? A recent judgment - Humphreys v Norilsk Nickel International (UK) Ltd - says that employers ...  Continue Reading

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    What on earth is going on at Proofpoint?

    Security vendor ProofPoint,was due to make announcements about its Proofpoint Enterprise Protection and the Proofpoint Enterprise Privacy suites. Pretty uncontroversial, you might think. We're not allowed to tell you exactly what these announcements...  Continue Reading

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    More grief for drivers

    The Government has laid amendments to legislation before Parliament which should, if passed, make life more expensive and painful for non-conforming drivers. The new rulesfrom 1 February 2011 will increase the on the spot penalties that are ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Tech Data memory deal means you won't look back in anger

    Here's Jane Asher starring in John Osborne'siconicplay, Look Back in Anger.Today, however, a very different John Osborne is equally passionate about a deal he's justsigned with two top memory brands. (no pic of John Osborne available) Computer 2000,...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Google steps up anti-piracy fight

    Google has announced it is increasing attempts to make life difficult for internet software pirates with a raft of measures designed to protect copyright holders. Web piracy is increasing in both volume and impact on the channel and the latest ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Gateway claims rivals meddled with UK partner recruitment

    Gateway reckons its partner recruitment drive in the UK stalled because rivals put pressure on prospective resellers and distributors to steer clear of the brand. The Acer-owned business - a professional infrastructure operation in Europe - talked ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Sage reshuffle results in fresh UK CEO

    Sage has promoted its current head of small business Brendan Flattery to take over the UK CEO role from the start of next year. Following the management reshuffle, that was announced along with the third quarter results yesterday, which saw current...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Channel warned over voice security neglect

    The rush towards convergence among voice and data resellers means that the security of voice and VoIP installations is being neglected with potentially damaging consequences. Convergence VAD Wick Hill, which has just announced the availability ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Nortel auctions wind down with GDNT China sale

    Nearly two full years after it first went into administration, Nortel has sold its final substantial asset, China-based Guandgong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment (GDNT), to Ericsson China for $50m in cash. Nortel Networks Ltd and Nortel ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    HP seeking UK boss to spice up BCS after Curry leaves

    HP has confirmed that is looking for a new head to run its Business Critical Systems unit in the UK and Ireland with current incumbent Rod Curry resigning after less than a year in charge. Curry, who took on the BCS role in February from Andy Voysey...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Cloud code of conduct will help users choose right resellers

    The moves by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) to introduce certification for hosted suppliers has been seen as a way of not just dispelling customer fears but of establishing a legitimate channel for web delivered applications and services. The CIF ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Promethean warns of weaker Q4

    Education technology specialist Promethean World has warned that its fiscal fourth quarter has not been strong on the revenue front and full year numbers will be impacted. In guidance on Q4 from the firm's board it revealed that year-on-year ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 December 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days.  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Brand Rustler

    Brand owners naturally want to protect their good name and arecent case involving a domain name that was alleged to breach a trademark highlights the fact that brand owners don't always win. The case was brought by Dolce & Gabbana against ...  Continue Reading

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Dismissals aren't always effective

    It's a misconception to think that just because an employee has been sent a letter of dismissal that the dismissal has been effected. According to the Supreme Court in the case of Gisda Cyf v Barratt, for a dismissal letter to have been effected ...  Continue Reading

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Mitel sales hold steady in Q2

    Unified comms software vendor Mitel hasmade total sales of $161.1m (£103m) - down 0.8% - inthe second quarter of its fiscal 2011. In unaudited figures for the three months to the end of October, the firm made GAAP net income of $80.9m, ...  Continue Reading

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    How do I put the magic back in our relationship? It's all down to the Nuance of speech

    Back by popular request, here's Gina our resident Problem Lady, to answer all your relationship questions Dear Problem Lady: My relationship has gone bad. I'm a reseller working closely with the education sector. Boy, times are tough. Ms Brodie has ...  Continue Reading

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Microsoft to restructure LAR compensation model again

    Microsoft is planning another round of sweeping changes to the Enterprise Agreement fees that LARs make on sales to major accountswhichmay force some to drop the accreditation. LARs have until October 2011 to redeploy resources to win net new ...  Continue Reading

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