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Dell award Smart IT Premier Partner Status

Smart IT has teamed up with the world’s largest computer provider – Dell.

As a result Smart IT will enjoy greater access to Dell Technical resources, even better pricing and priority customer service through a dedicated accounts team.

Commenting on the new partnership, Managing Director Barry Weaver said “we’ve been trying to work a deal with many manufacturers for some time now and have practically covered the world looking for the right partner”.

“Dell are the most responsive to our needs and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist us in offering maximum value for our customers”.

“The savings and benefits will directly impact our customers in an extremely positive manner”.

“With other suppliers we always felt there was a compromise between good quality and good value.”

“Dell is different. They are much more than just “box shifters” and offer a wide variety of products and solutions from printers and software to storage and servers with the technical pre and post sales knowledge and back up we find extremely helpful right through their product range”.

“It was these qualities that made Dell the natural choice and swung the deal for us”.

“We are all delighted to be working with Dell and look forward to a positive long term partnership”.

Toshiba to ditch HD DVD

Sony’s Betamax lost out in the 1980s, but its Blu-ray has better prospects Shares in Toshiba have gained more than 5% as speculation intensified that the electronics giant was set to pull the plug on its high definition DVD format. The firm said it had made no decisions but admitted that it had started a review of its HD DVD business.

The format has suffered from the defection of most of the major film studios to Sony-backed rival Blu-ray.

Analysts said that an end to the war meant Toshiba could refocus on other areas and the industry would gain too.

“It doesn’t make sense for Toshiba to continue putting effort into this,” said Koichi Ogawa, a chief portfolio manager at Daiwa SB Investments.

“It needs to cut its losses and focus its resources on promising businesses.”

Swift resolution?

Blu-ray and HD-DVD have fought to become the pre-eminent high definition format to help revitalise the $24bn global home DVD market.

But the two formats are incompatible with each other and so consumers have had to choose between machines that played only one type of disc.

As a result, many have held back to see which would become the industry standard and, like the battle between Betamax and VHS video recorders in the 1980s, this has been damaging to the industry as a whole.

The video machine war lasted a decade, so the prospect of Toshiba abandoning its HD DVD just two years after launching the player have been cheered by investors and analysts.

Toshiba shares surged 5.7% to 829 yen, topping the benchmark Nikkei 225, which rose 0.1%.

Source – BBC

Microsoft Windows Vista – Here today, gone 2009?

With Vista barely a couple of months old, it seems that we won’t have to wait five years until Microsoft unveils the new OS’s replacement.
Ben Fathi, a corporate VP in Microsoft’s Windows Core Operating System Division, said in a media interview that the software company is drawing up plans to usurp the software with a follow-up codenamed ‘Vienna’.

Fathi said that work on Vista was delayed as the company got to grips with sorting out a number of security flaws in XP that prompted it to release Service Pack 2 in August 2004.

This work led to a significant number of features in the new operating system being dropped, such as a new filing system called WinFS. It is hoped the first service pack touted for Vista will add features, such as HD-DVD playback and Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB), formerly known as Palladium. The service pack will also include bug fixes already reported in the software.

Fathi said that Longhorn (Vista’s codename) was put on the ‘back burner for a while’ as developers fixed problems.

‘Then when we came back to it, we realised that there were incremental things that we wanted to do, and significant improvements that we wanted to make in Vista that we couldn’t deliver in one release.’

He said that Vista had been delivered two and a half years after XP Service Pack 2 and expected the new OS to be ready in the same time frame, around 2009.

He said that one of the new features that might show up in Vienna was “Hypervisors”, adding virtualisation code into the OS itself. He added that the next few months would reveal more about the nascent OS.

Source – PC Pro