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IT Channel News Briefs, Feb. 9

Today's headlines: Get your Visual Studio 2008, cheap; OAUG chief talks about Fusion futures

Visual Studio 2008 for sale, cheap!

Since the beginning of this year, Microsoft has been offering what can only be described as a fire sale on Visual Studio 2008 components. That makes sense with Visual Studio 2010 on the horizon, but still, a deal's a deal, reports You can buy the Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition upgrade for a mere $170 if you upgrade from any other integrated development environment (IDE). The Professional Edition upgrade is available for $475 compared to the full retail price of $650.

Oracle user group chief riffs on Fusion

Raymond Payne, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), talks to about what he expects from the first release of Oracle Fusion applications, how to prepare for the Fusion wave, and how Oracle users can benefit from Exadata, Oracle's database machine.

Tech Data adds more credit services

Tech Data Corp. added new financing options and services for its VAR affiliates on Monday. For example, VARs can now use a no-interest financing option for Hewlett-Packard Co. goods through the end of April. Affiliated VARs can use HP Financial Services' interest-free options through Tech Data Credit Services.

VARs can finance select HP desktops, notebooks, servers, storage, HP ProCurve networking, printers, scanners and multifunction peripherals with these options. They offer customers 12-month no-interest payment plans or 36-month no-interest leases for deals valued between $1,500 and $150,000. VARs can get full payment from HP Financial Services within 30 days and can also offer their customers deferred payment schedules.

Tech Data and participating vendor partners can offer resellers free, extended financing using finance partners GE Capital Solutions, IBM Global Financing, Castle Pines Capital LLC and De Lage Landen Financial Services. These floor planning opportunities give resellers more time to pay for purchases, Tech Data said.

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