Partner News Podcast: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Microsoft announced its partner compensation plan for Microsoft Online Services, its Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. The company also made moves to promote Windows Vista migrations and fight back against Apple's "Mac vs. PC" advertisements. In this Partner News Podcast,'s Barb Darrow and Colin Steele report live from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston.

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