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Top IT channel news for May 2009

Check out the top IT channel news for May 2009, including headlines from TechEd 2009 and IBM's Smart Cube appliance.

Once again, readers have had their say. Despite a sluggish economy, interest clearly runs high in the future of Windows, new gear for small businesses, virtualization and -- drum roll please -- the ubiquitous cloud. Here are the five most read stories for the month of May 2009.

1. Windows gushes over new Windows client, server OSes
Microsoft used TechEd 2009 to extol the virtues of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and to emphasize that they should be deployed in tandem.

2. Tech Watch: Virtualization-ready servers built for the job
As general server sales slump, vendors hope to jolt demand with servers tricked out for especially heavy virtualization loads.

3. Microsoft TechEd 2009 overview
For the many that did not make the trip to Los Angeles, here's all the Microsoft news out of the big show.

4. IBM, Intuit team on small-biz appliance
The "I team" combined a new Smart Cube appliance that bundles Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise with Linux or the IBM I operating system and with middleware on a simple to install appliance.

5. Microsoft execs re-pledge partner participation in the cloud
No way could we get through the month without a top cloud story. Microsoft's chief technologist Ray Ozzie and the head of online services Ron Markezich both pledged to cut partners in on the company's cloud action.

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