Yesterday Microsoft announced the winners of, and finalists of their 2013 Partner of Year awards. These highlight the best and most innovative use of Microsoft technologies across their numerous hardware and software partners.
There were 44 winners in this year's categories and a total of 3000 entries across 100 different countries. The categories included Cloud Computing, Windows 8, Office and Sharepoint applications, as well as entrepreneurial spirit, sales excellence and corporate responsibility.
Google will retire its Checkout payment processing tool on Nov. 20, and warned retailers they will need to move to a different payment processing platform.
Checkout, which launched in 2006, was merged with Wallet, which is a mobile payments tool, last November. The product was aimed at taking on eBay's PayPal service, which dominates Web-based payments.
Google said it has partnered with Braintree, Shopify and Freshbooks to offer discounted options for retailers that have not yet selected an alternative payment processor.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is sounding a cyber crime alert, with a report that 41% of small firms have been hit by cyber criminals in the past year but less than 20% have taken steps to protect themselves.
The FSB is highlighting the figures from its new report, Cyber Security and Fraud: the impact on small businesses, along with 10 tips on good practice in cyber protection.
If there’s one thing the mobile industry is known for is standards. There’s a lot of them. In networking technology you have multiple Wi-Fi standards in use, 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac. In wide area wireless there are GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, LTE. And for mobile OSes you have iOS, Android, QNX, Windows Phone, et al.
The problem for mobile operating systems is that there are too many standards–and none that have the weight in the market to become de facto (as driven by adopters), just like what happened in the PC world when it was Microsoft vs. IBM (who won that one?).
The cybercriminal gang behind a dangerous ransomware attack, which locks victims out of their computer systems and scams them by demanding cash to fix the problem, has added password-stealing functionality to the malware, according to Microsoft researchers that have documented some of the latest attacks.