The Surface Book's stock continues to rise after Bill Gates claimed Microsoft's first stab at a laptop is now his device of choice.
"I recently switched to the Surface Book," the world's richest man revealed during a Q&A session on Reddit.
"I only detach the screen a few times a week and I like the keyboard better than my previous Surface," the Gatemeister added.
We're sure, as the founder and ex-CEO of Microsoft who still owns a 2.6 per cent stake in the firm, he has no vested interest in saying that.
Jon Atherton has certainly made up for staying in the same role at Entatech 22 years, as he has just bagged his second new channel job in under a year. The channel veteran left Entatech last March after more than two decades, and surfaced at rival Exertis two months later as its commercial development director.
He had barely learned his new colleagues' names before he left the acquisitive distie in January. Now he has emerged in another commercial director role, this time at hybrid system builder/distributor Centerprise International. We wish him all the best in his new venture.
Microsoft has promised a bonanza for partners that peddle its cloud wares between now and the end of its financial year.
Microsoft resellers are being offered up to $110,000 worth of cloud incentives for the period to 30 June under its Sprint to the Finish scheme, which applies to selected Office 365 and CRM Online SKUs.
In order to hammer home its message, it recently claimed in a joint research paper with IDC that cloud-focused partners are growing at double the rate of their non-cloudy counterparts.
Ever get the feeling Microsoft wants its partners and customers to ditch on-premise?
You have to feel sorry for IT contractors: as well as spending half their lives in travel taverns, they've also been caught up in the government's latest tax crackdown, according to reports last week.
The Daily Mail reported that IT contractors will be among those affected by a clampdown on the number of people using personal service companies. The scheme is being pitched as an attack on a tax loophole used by top stars, but much of the ￡400m George Osborne expects to raise will come from ordinary freelancers, including IT contractors.
Let's hope Travelodge has some good cut-price deals available.
Another week, and another catfight between Pure Storage and EMC as the duo scuffled over their respective flash storage offerings.
Pure's baiting of EMC occurs with metronomic regularity, and the feisty flash storage specialist didn't disappoint at its inaugural Partner Summit last week, saying EMC's latest VMAX All Flash products are "utterly confusing" for customers.
But the fur continued to fly as EMC struck back, accusing Pure of "backpedalling" with its new FlashBlade platform for SMEs.
"That's a sign of desperation, to be honest with you, just to keep interest in their company," an EMC executive said of the launch. Miaoww - someone order a saucer of milk.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly taking over the world, with 25 billion "things" set to be connected by 2020, according to Gartner.
But the IoT stampede is trampling security standards, leaving consumers and businesses wide open to attack, an ethical hacker warned during last week's CRN Security Summit.
"Whether it's failing to secure a consumer's WiFi key on an IoT device, or exploiting a corporate network through someone putting something clever on its network, IoT is a really interesting opportunity for hackers," said Ken Munro, who is on the board of the newly formed Internet of Things Security Foundation.
Anyone who invested in a smart fridge might not be quite so smug now, eh?
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