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5 Channel Partner & MSP Market News Updates: 10 January 2023

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Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Sip up.

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A. Today’s Technology, Channel Chief and MSP Partner Program News

  1. Microsoft Ends Support For Windows 8.1: Today, January 10, 2023, marks the day that Microsoft will stop providing support for Windows 8.1. The product will no longer receive security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates. Experts warn that businesses and individuals around the world could be exposed to increased risk from using an unsupported operating system. For reference, Windows 7 had almost 1,000 new vulnerabilities after its end of life.
  2. Expereo’s New Customer Experience Head: Expereo, which provides SD-WAN, managed internet, hybrid networks and cloud connectivity solutions, has announced the hiring of Amory Somers Vine to the company’s new Director of Customer Experience position. Somers Vine joins Expereo from NTT where she created and led their global Client Experience & Insight Center of Excellence.
  3. MSP 2023 Priorities: Kaspersky has unveiled a new report laying out what North American MSPs list as their priorities for the year ahead. Of note, the results found that the most important characteristic MSPs look for in vendors is price, with 89% of respondents listing that as their top priority. Full-time technical support was also a major consideration (58%).
  4. MSP Acquisition: Quatrro Business Support Services, backed by private equity firms VSS and Trivest Partners, has acquired California-based Robust Network Solutions ('Robust'). Robust's managed IT services operations are headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, with an additional presence in New York City. This deal helps Quatrro expand its position as a leading provider of outsourced managed accounting & finance and IT services, the company said.
  5. Telecom Acquisition: IT and communications managed services provider Flotek Group has acquired Seacom, a Welsh telecommunications company based in Swansea. The deal will enhance Flotek’s service offering, according to the company.

B. In-Person Channel Partner Summits & MSP Conferences

  1. NRF 2023 – Retail’s Big Show (January 15-17, New York)
  2. NerdioCon 2023 MSP Conference (February 27-March 2, Cancun, Mexico)
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