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Office coming in 32- and 64-bit versions; IT spending swoon continues

Headlines: Office 14 to come in 32- and 64-bit flavors; IT spending swoon continues; other IT channel news.

IT channel headlines for March 25, 2009

Office 14 to come in 32- and 64-bit flavors

Microsoft plans to release the next version of Office in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, according to Web reports. The information was buried in release notes with the latest Win 7 beta.

IT spending swoon continues

The immediate future looks grim for IT spending. IDC is predicting that the current quarter will show a 23% falloff in server sales compared to the year-ago quarter. IT execs plan continued cost cutting well into next year, according to SearchDataCenter.com. And, they're pressuring vendors not only on product and licensing costs but on maintenance and support as well.

VMware nets another Microsoft vet
VMware said Tuesday that it has hired Richard McAniff, a 21-year Microsoft veteran, to be executive vice president and chief development officer. McAniff should see a lot of familiar faces, as his boss, VMware CEO Paul Maritz, and COO Tod Neilsen are also former Microsoft executives.

McAniff worked on Microsoft Office most recently as a corporate vice president, according to TechFlash.

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