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HPE Offloads "Non-Core" Software Assets

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HPE Offloads

HP Enterprise confirms rumours of the sale of its software unit as it offloads of "non-core software assets" to British IT consultancy Micro Focus in a deal worth $8.8 billion.

Among the unloved units making the cut is Autonomy, as ill-fated $11 billion acquisition makes a return to British ownership after all of 5 years under HP ownership. Other software assets sold cover application delivery management, big data, enterprise security, information management and governance, and operations management.

"Services and Software remain key enablers of HPE's go-forward strategy," HPE CEO Meg Whitman insists. "HPE will double down on the software capabilities that power and differentiate our infrastructure solutions and are critical in a cloud environment."

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Parallels Updates Desktop for Mac

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Parallels Updates Desktop for Mac

Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac-- an update featuring macOS Sierra support-- together with Parallels Toolbox, a standalone app allowing users to perform simple tasks not tied to virtualisation.

Additions to Desktop 12 include "always on" Windows 10 in the background, instant Windows app launching, incremental backup and Windows update scheduling, improved Microsoft Edge, Outlook and Office 365 integration, the ability to assign special behaviours to Windows apps and Xbox app support. Another feature involves a partnership with Blizzard with support for the hit multiplayer shooter Overwatch.

Parallels also claims the update offers 90% faster snapshot creation, 60% faster VM suspension, 25% faster shared folder performance, 25% faster Visual Studio project compilation and up to 10% improvement in battery life for "certain environments."

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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

Back in February Opera announced it received a $1.2 billion buyout offer from a Chinese consortium-- but it failed to get regulatory approval, leading to a partial acquisition of the company.

Dubbed the Kunqi Consortium, the buyer-to-be includes ISP mobile games distributor Beijing Kunlun Tech and billionaire Zhou Hongyi, owner of security and search company Qihoo 360.

According to Reuters, "U.S. privacy concerns would have led to an investigation into some of Opera's products that risked delaying the acquisition for up to a year." As a result, the involved parties to bypass regulatory issues by buying parts of Opera-- specifically its mobile phone and desktop computer browser business, performance and privacy apps division, technology licensing business and a stake in Chinese joint venture nHorizon-- for $500 million.

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Bloomberg: HPE Considers Selling "Some" Software Assets

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Bloomberg: HPE Considers Selling

HPE plans to sell off "some" of its software assets, Bloomberg reports-- all in the name of further streamlining its operations.

Said assets come from the portfolio of acquisitions the company has made over the last decade, including the likes of Autonomy, Mercury Interactive and Vertica Systems. An anonymous source claims the sales process is still in the "preliminary stages," and as such no deal may actually happen.

Such a shedding of businesses would arguably be consistent with HPE's recent size reduction efforts. After all, last May saw the company spin off and merge its business-service division with Computer Sciences Corp in a deal worth $8.5 billion.

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Gartner: CRM Software on the Up

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Gartner: CRM Software on the Up

According to Gartner the global customer relationship management (CRM) software market totals $26.3 billion in 2015, a 12.3% increase from $23.4bn in 2014.

"The merger and acquisition activity that began flowing through the market in 2009 continued in 2015, with more than 30 notable acquisitions," the analyst says. "This has resulted in increased competition at the top end of the CRM market, with the continued focus of global vendors' sales forces driving good growth worldwide in all CRM subsegments but only for cloud or software as a service (SaaS) applications."

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