• August 30, 2011 30 Aug'11

    Quitting the premises? Don't leave the builders behind

    Apart from employees, the second largest fixed cost businesses tend to face relates to their premises. That's why it's all the more important that businesses understand and abide by break clauses that give them a valuable 'get-out' on their leased ...  Continue Reading

  • August 29, 2011 29 Aug'11

    Proceeds of crime? Not.

    What should employers do with staff on remand pending criminal proceedings? The employee can't work - should they be paid? Well in the case of Burns v Santander UK plc, the Employment Appeals Tribunal said that the lower Tribunal was right to ...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Onyx takes MicroScope's future in its hands

    It's rare that MicroScope covers a contract win, as any PR with half a brain (and some of the ones with no brain whatsoever) well know. But when it's our own IT at stake we're more inclined to take an interest. Tyneside-based Cisco and Microsoft ...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Netbook and tablet growth forecast by Asustek

    Strong sales of netbooks and tablets are expected to flow through the next three months if the forecasts of Asustek Computer are correct indicating the interest in the small PC form factor has not waned. Although some market watchers have suggested...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Transparency over licensing essential as competition heats up

    Reseller advising customers on software licences have urged to be transparent with the costs or face the prospect of finding a rival delivering a more reasonable solution. With licensing remaining a confusing business the temptation for a reseller ...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 26 August 2011

    In a week dominated by the sudden demise of HP's TouchPad tablet and uncertainty over the future of the PSG business, today we look at some of the other stories that hit the headlines in the past week.  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Cook will not rock the Apple boat

    Tim Cook the new CEO of Apple has moved swiftly to reassure resellers and staff that the vendor will not change direction following the decision by Steve Jobs to step down. Jobs made his shock announcement yesterday about his decision to resign and...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Acer woes set to continue through the rest of 2011

    This year is going to be one to forget for Acer as the vendor expects little from it financially as it sorts out inventory issues and beds in a fresh management team tasked with turning the fortunes of the struggling hardware player around. Q2 ...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Azlan's Sheppard replaces Shorten at Avaya

    Former Azlan lynchpin Andrew Sheppard isheading to Avaya as the firm's newUK and Ireland managing director after Lee Shorten stepped down from the role to pursue other opportunities. Sheppard, who left Azlan last year, brings a lengthy channel ...  Continue Reading

  • August 26, 2011 26 Aug'11

    Reasonable Excuses?

    There is a general understanding that there is no excuse for ignorance of the law. HMRC know this. However, is there such a thing as a 'reasonable excuse' when appealing late payment (of tax) and filing penalties which are prescribed by the law?...  Continue Reading