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Retailers blocking Apple Pay, Microsoft no longer selling Windows 7 and more this week in channel history

Channel Strategy

How much can change in a year? When it comes to the channel, quite a lot. In this look at channel history, we see one tech giant promoting a new offering, another retiring one despite popularity, and a third restructuring assets from a big acquisition.

Move to block Apple Pay likely to fail: Analyst

October 29th, 2014: While it is difficult to say whether, a year on, Apple Pay has proved a success, one thing is certain.  The move by big retailers to block the service has at best slowed it down, at worst driven up demand.  Now there’s even talk that the service may even be coming to Canada sooner than later. Here’s hoping Google will follow suit with Android Pay soon after.


Intel Security re-frames McAfee channel program

October 28th, 2014: How well has Intel done with the McAfee pedigree? It was less than a year ago when McAfee committed to going forward to branding itself as Intel Security along with restructuring its channel program to be more flexible for partners. Has it proven successful?


Microsoft closes Windows 7 escape route for Windows 8 haters

October 27th, 2014: With Windows 10 proving to be a success, it’s easy to forget that about a year ago, in an attempt to turn around the fortunes of its beleaguered Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft stopped selling Windows 7 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Time will tell if Windows 10 will be able to dethrone 7, the company’s most successful operating system to date.