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Channel news: MSFT bails on d’top search, virtualization in Vista

Microsoft to change desktop search Bowing to pressure from Google Inc. and antitrust regulators, Microsoft Corp. will make it easier for Windows Vista users to pick a non-Microsoft program to search their hard drives. [AP]

Microsoft bails on virtualization licensing changes for Vista Microsoft almost tweaked its licensing terms for Windows Vista yet again — this time in order to ease virtualization restrictions that irked a number of customers and partners. But in the eleventh hour, company officials decided against the move, resulting in Microsoft cancelling its planned announcement.
[All About Microsoft]

Windows Server team delves deep into Server Core Ward Ralston and his Windows Server team dive into Windows Server 2008’s Server Core roles and features — from command line interface alternatives to security misconceptions.[]

Best Buy lowers its forecast as profit falls 18% First-quarter earnings were hurt by weak profits in China and increased sales of lower-margin products like notebook computers. [NYT]

SAP expands mobile reach SOA features. [TheReg]

Novell SUSE Linux to support Windows, Red Hat with Xen SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES 10) will support Microsoft Windows and Red Hat virtual machines sometime in July.[]

Tech security companies are hot targets For sale: A technology security company. Which one? Pretty much any of them. [AP]

HP aims to halve data center power costs Hewlett-Packard rolls out more efficient array hardware and a bevy of new tape drives that require much less power than previous versions. [eWEEK]

HP serves up half-baked storage hardware HP launched several storage hardware products at its StorageWorks show, but most of them either won’t be available or won’t have key features until later this year.[]

iPhone variants on the way? With the offical US launch of Apple’s iPhone now just days away, the rumour mill has begun grinding out news that variants on the device are also on the horizon. [TheReg]

Study reveals positive impact of training in mitigating IT risks According to a new study conducted by IDC and sponsored by Symantec Corp. skilled IT teams spend more time on high-value activities that help organizations better manage IT risk, which Symantec identifies as including security, availability, performance and compliance, thus resulting in time and cost savings in gained productivity. [Symantec]

Hurd to CIOs: HP has (mostly) great channel partners Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd told a private forum of CIOs that HP’s best partners are strategic to the vendor’s enterpise sales strategy but admitted that some of the vendor’s 140,000 global channel partners don’t meet his standards. [ChannelWeb]

Appeals court: Feds can’t secretly seize e-mail without a warrant The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals finds that e-mail deserves the same privacy protection as a telephone, even when stored on a third-party server. The maker of Enzyte is grinning like Bob. [Ars Technica via Digg]

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