May 31, 2011
John Biggs reports on Apple’s newest service.
“We’ve also discovered that Apple is signing partners to offer what amounts to a mirrored version of your iTunes database, a service that will be considerably improved over current ‘locker’ models used by Amazon and Google. However, there are currently plenty of those cloud-based sharing services on offer, which suggests Apple may have a trick or two up its sleeve.”
Larry Dignan explores Intel’s PC and tablet strategy.
“Intel’s mission at Computex was clear. Prove that it has a tablet strategy-the company touted design wins and Maloney showed off 10 tablets-and give the laptop cycle more life. And of course, Intel plans to be a key chip provider for both. The chip giant has the laptop market locked up, but tablets are a different story as Qualcomm and Nvidia are out to an early lead along with the ARM architecture.”
The VAR Guy
As the VAR Guy writes, Microsoft Exchange and Lync are now distinct from one another and can’t be placed under the same UC umbrella.
“Quite simply, Lync and Exchange are two separate products serving two separate needs, and it no longer makes sense to glom them together under the unified communications umbrella. Microsoft is trying to serve the needs of its partners, and so has brought these new UC distinctions to the Microsoft Partner Network. The new Messaging competency (Exchange) and Communications competency (Lync) aren’t the only new offerings from Microsoft, however; the company also is offering new training and assessments, in addition to tools for migrating customers to Office 365.”