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IT Channel News Briefs, Oct. 2

Today's headlines: Oracle acquires AVT, and Microsoft details .NET 4.0.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008.

Oracle acquires 3D visual planning software company

Oracle will acquire Advanced Visual Technology (AVT), it announced yesterday. AVT is a provider of 3D visual space planning software for retailers. AVT lets retailers collaborate with its stores and suppliers to design retail floor space with a photo-realistic view of each shop. Combining AVT's software with Oracle Retail's application suite is meant to help retailers make better use of floor space and monitor how productively the space is used. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2008. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Microsoft talks up .NET framework perks

Microsoft this week filled in some details around the new application server capabilities it will add to Windows Server 2008 with its upcoming .NET 4.0 framework. Included are prebuilt services and support for Microsoft's Oslo modeling platform.

The tools to build standard Web and traditional applications aren't equipped to handle the complex interaction of multiple services from multiple sources in SOA implementations, Burley Kawasaki, director of Microsoft's connected systems division, told

Microsoft will give a preview of these new features, code-named Dublin, at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. Also due are community technical previews of the Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation.

Tandberg updates immersive telepresence system

Tandberg unveiled its T3 immersive telepresence room with an updated server and a host of managed services yesterday. The technology package includes telepresence engines, high-definition, life-sized screens, updated audio technology and integrated touch screens that let users share presentations.

The T3 package is interoperable with all PC desktop and room video systems, enabling outside participants to connect into a meeting without being locked into a specific system, network or bandwidth. The managed services include network assessment and provisioning, room design and installation, optional managed or hosted services, and on-site management and support for remote devices.

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