Lenovo Promises Instant Turnaround on Co-Marketing

Lenovo will launch its co-marketing tool in April, promising a wizard-driven advertisement creation tool that turns content into ads instantly. Separately, Lenovo announces two new support offerings for companies with ThinkPad users, ThinkPlus Priority Support and ThinkPlus Priority 4.

Palm CEO: Pre Is a Breeze for Developers

Palm plans to challenge Apple’s iPhone with more than form and style by making application development for its new Pre smartphone open and simple, which the company believes will lead to a rich array of consumer and business apps.

Hosted App Provider Apptix Expands Channel Program

Hosted VOIP, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Sharepoint communications provider Apptix is jumping further into the channel pool with an expanded program designed to parlay its hosted offerings into an opportunity for solution providers.

Microsoft Plans to Open Retail Stores

Microsoft will resell PCs with its software through branded retail outlets that will rival the Apple stores and have greater specialisation than other retailers, such as Best Buy or Walmart.


Nokia Opens Its Own Mobile App Store

Apple led the way with its iPhone Apps store, and Microsoft has announced similar plans. Nokia is solidifying the trend of phone manufacturers becoming distributors of third-party software for their devices.

Acer Channel Pushes Netbook Value in School Market

Acer and its channel partners have recognised that the popularity of netbook PCs’ small form factor and low price extends into the primary and secondary education market, Acer says. To capitalise on netbooks’ popularity in education, Acer is offering a 30-day trial program to schools.