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Top stories for July 2010

Desktop virtualization and the Microsoft WWPC dominated the top stories this month.

Interest in -- if not adoption of -- desktop virtualization was evident in this month's most-read stories. The most popular story covered VMware's quiet decision to pull RTO profile management capabilities out of a new VMware View beta. Another top story reports VARs seeing (finally!) some real business opportunity in desktop virtualization. Beyond that, the rankings were swept with stories out of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C.

1. VMware View 4.5 minus RTO equals partner snafu

VMware surprised beta testers when it shipped a beta of VMware View 4.5 without RTO Software's profile management capabilities. VMware had planned to bundle the profile management perks into View 4.5 but apparently nixed that decision because of Windows 7 support issues. That means VARs will have to scramble to cobble together a solution including profile management.

2. Microsoft BPOS, cloud to dominate partner confab

As thousands of Microsoft partners prepped to brave the mid-July swelter of Washington D.C., many had BPOS on the brain. While most VARs had turned up their noses at the initial release of the Microsoft-hosted Business Productivity Online Suite in late 2008, many now see it as their best bulwark against losing customers to Google Apps.

3. Windows Intune appeals to MSPs, VARs

MSPs and VARs needing to support customers' remote Windows desktop might take a gander at Microsoft's upcoming Windows Intune. Microsoft said VARs or MSPs can use the cloud-based service to manage and maintain several sets of client desktops all from a single log-on and console.

4. Microsoft increases cloud services margins

Microsoft appears to have given up the ghost on protecting its on-premises software legacy and instead wants partners to sell, sell, sell its cloud-based alternatives. To that end, Microsoft is juicing incentives to sell Dynamics CRM Online and Business Productivity Online Suite.

5. VARs: The year of the virtual desktop approaches

OK, so 2010 may not be the year of desktop virtualization, but business interest in the technology is getting a lot stronger, VARs say.

Most solution providers have at least fielded questions about some form of desktop virtualization, be it terminal services or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and many are now deploying it in the field.

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