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VSphere's here; new Microsoft search expected soon

Headlines: Glitzy vSphere reinvigorates legacy OSes; other IT channel news.

IT channel news headlines for May 21, 2009

Glitzy vSphere reinvigorates legacy OSes

VMware's vSphere 4, shipping as of today, has lots of glitzy features. One that's not so flashy is its ability to run old but not-dead-yet OSes. Doug Soltesz, vice president of information systems and technology for Budd Van Lines likes it because it will keep running SCO UnixWare, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com.

Microsoft search engine debut expected

Microsoft is expected to unveil its new take on search engines next week. The search application, which may or may not be called Kumo, will be the company's latest attempt to loosen Google's grip on the market. Despite billions spent on its current Live Search and other efforts, Microsoft's share in search is still mired in a distant third after Google. ComScore's April figures showed Google with 64.2% of U.S. searches; Yahoo with 20.4% and Microsoft with 8.2%. Both Yahoo and Microsoft lost a bit of share, while Google rose from March's 63.7% number.

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