Microsoft has got its tablet strategy badly wrong and will have to act soon to repair its relationships with the PC vendor community, damaged after the launch of Redmond’s own Surface hardware.
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Analysts at channel analysis specialists Canalys, which released its Q2 PC market figures earlier this week, wasted no time in laying into Microsoft, with vice president and principal analyst Chris Jones saying it had “upset some partners by bringing its own hardware to market”.
"Once the Surface makes a material dent in Microsoft’s P&L it will need to repair relationships with PC vendors, who are already preparing lists of demands."
Chris Jones, Canalys
“Marketing, distributing and servicing such hardware profitably is hard [and] once the Surface makes a material dent in Microsoft’s P&L it will need to repair relationships with PC vendors, who are already preparing lists of demands,” said Jones.
Hewlett-Packard has shuffled its management team on the services side of the business at the same time as announcing that it will take a significant charge against earnings in the next quarter.
The vendor's head of enterprise services John Visentin is leaving the firm to pursue "other interests" being replaced on an interim basis by Mike Nefkens, currently the head of enterprise service is EMEA.
Unless confidence in the PC market begins to recover in the next few weeks, the channel will be forced to make significant price cuts in the autumn or face being lumbered with piles of outdated hardware stock, according to Gartner.
Best Buy could be heading into private ownership if its billionaire founder gets the green light for a takeover bid of the tech retailer.
After splashing out an undisclosed sum to acquire network services and data network connectivity provider Griffin and its sister companies, Allurian and Iconnyx, Mark Thompson, CEO at buy-and-build managed network integrator MDNX has said the market “can count on” the firm mounting a serious challenge in the networking sector.