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Channel news: Dell laptop explodes; Microsoft goes more virtual

Dell laptop explodes ‘like fireworks’ Oh no, not again [TheReg]

Microsoft looks to increase server virtualization market share The release of Windows Server Virtualization will help increase Microsoft’s sever virtualization market share more than the Citrix-XenSource acquisition, experts say. []

Microsoft fixes validation issue that withheld Vista features The shut-down of Vista validation under Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage program has been fixed. [eWEEK]

Ingram assisting hardware as a service push In the shortest phone briefing ever, Ingram Micro just spent about five minutes telling The VAR Guy about a new leasing program. The program should allow solutions providers to more easily offer hardware as a service (HaaS) to their customers. [TechIQ]

Oracle 11g’s new features not groundbreaking, VARs say One of the most talked about of Oracle 11g’s new features is database replay, which VARs say will help make upgrades easier by smoothing the transition from a test deployment to production. But most of the improvements are performance tweaks that VARs say are not so important as to bump the upgrade to the top of the priority list. []

New security technology bypasses the OS More vendors are opting to develop security software on the hardware layer and not the OS to improve system manageability. []

IDC: Server sales continue upswing IDC reports that revenue in the worldwide server market rose by 6.3% to $13.1 billion in this year’s second quarter, with respect to the year-ago period. [Newsfactor]

Brocade says file virtualization business growing Brocade profits were down 56% in part because of legal fees, but said that it’s adding between 50 and 100 file virtualization customers per quarter. []

Critics urge rejection of Microsoft “open” format A Microsoft document format that may be adopted as an international standard this weekend is a ploy to lock in customers, who could lose control over their own data in a worst-case scenario, critics say. [Reuters]

Hit the Pano button – desktops go virtual A tiny, sliced PC. [TheReg]

New Microsoft-commissioned studies are busting out all over Just because Microsoft’s “Get the Facts” site has been replaced with a supposedly less vitriolic “/Compare” one doesn’t mean that Microsoft-commissioned studies are a thing of the past. In fact, on August 27, Microsoft released two brand-new studies — one on SharePoint and one on OOXML — both ordered and paid for by the company. [All About Microsoft]

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