MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 August 2012

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Admiral bosses jump ship in SilverBug merger

Admiral IT, along with two of its sister firms Admiral Network Infrastructure and Admiral Education Solutions are to merge with outsourcer SilverBug to create a new managed services player, with  Admiral IT founders Craig Laffer and David Stanton, CTO Roger Burgess and key accounts director Adam Sullivan all heading across.

Nine year old SilverBug specialises in the SME sector and is based in Milton Keynes, although it recently opened a satellite office in Leeds and is also now picking up Admiral IT's London office.

The new firm, which will continue to trade as SilverBug, will hold accreditations from Cisco, Lenovo, Microsoft and VMware, among others.

Dixons polishes off PIXmania

Dixons Retail has bought out PIXmania founders Steve and Jean-Emile Rosenblum for €10m (£8m) in cash, taking its stake in the online retailer to 99%, with a further cash amount to become payable to shareholders should it be sold on again within the next two years.

In a statement to the City, Dixons – which has owned 77% of the pan-European firm since 2006 – said the acquisition was in line with is strategy to “take the necessary actions to improve the performance of this strategically important business”.

"The primary weakness was across all sections of Europe with most of our customers not foreseeing improvement in the near future."

John Chambers, Cisco

Corporate desktop purchasing fading into history

The bells have rung before for the humble desktop but they look like pealing again for the demise of the once standard piece of corporate IT kit as BYOD changes buying patterns.

Microsoft winning the cloud battle

Microsoft is taking a lead in the cloud market with demand for its Azure services outstripping those for alternatives from Amazon and Google.

Android draws away from mobile OS field

Google’s Android operating system (OS) has increased its dominance over rival mobile platforms and now commands more than 68% of the total market having doubled its shipments year-on-year.

Second quarter of decline for mobile market, says Gartner

Little prospect of European recovery, warns Cisco

Sage seeks developers to swell ISV numbers

Apple dominating tablet market

ThinkGrid sates Colt SME cloud appetite

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