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Microsoft reneges on free domain names; other headlines

Microsoft to charge for domains; HP lures Wal-Mart vet to head IT.

IT channel news for August 10, 2009

Microsoft to charge small businesses for domain names

Apparently there's no such thing as a free domain name from Microsoft. Last week, the company said it will start charging small businesses for any Web domain names registered under its Office Live effort.

The domain names had been free to people signing up for the service from October 2006 until February 2008. Starting Oct. 1, renewing customers must pay $14.95 annually.

While some businesses may howl, the news is probably heartening for Microsoft hosting partners and other hosting providers., for example, charges about $7.99 to $8.99 to register and hold domain names. It's hard for them to compete with free.

HP taps Wal-Mart exec to head global IT effort

Hewlett-Packard Co. named Linda Dillman as senior vice president of Global Information Technology. Dillman, formerly executive vice president of benefits and risk management for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will report to Randy Mott, HP's CIO, the company said last week. She will lead the technology giant's outsourcing services IT team and also the new group supporting global functions such as corporate administration and shared services, finance, global real estate and human resources.

HP and EDS data centers operating client environments will remain under the supervision of the EDS outsourcing business, the company said in a statement.

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