Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Small Businesses (Part 0)

A lot of small businesses still running Windows 2000 and older Office suites (XP and 2000). Some of them just recently switched to Windows XP since computer vendors no longer had the option to have Windows 2000 pre-installed.

Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be officially released in the end of January 2007. Generally business users would wait for a while before upgrading to Windows Vista and Office 2007.

There are still compatibility issues between versions of Microsoft Office. Some users are still using Office 2000 because number of Macros and Visual Basic Scripts do not work well across different versions of office.

…….to be continued in Part 1

Warner Music Group to Acquire Roadrunner Music Group

Earlier this week Warner Music Group announced that they are going to acquire Roadrunner Music Group.
http://www.wmg.com/news/article/?id=8a0af8120f88d9f4010f956206405504

12/18/2006

Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 73.5 percent of Roadrunner Music Group B.V., which includes Roadrunner Records, one of the leading hard rock and heavy metal labels, for $73.5 million in purchase price and other considerations.

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The company has enjoyed strong momentum over the past several years. This year alone, Roadrunner has increased its SoundScan market share in the Hard Music genre (which includes both Hard Rock and Heavy Metal) by more than two percentage points. The label’s multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated artist, Nickelback, is responsible for the No. 1 Hard Music album for 2005 and year-to-date 2006 in the U.S.

In addition to Nickelback, Roadrunner’s roster includes multi-Platinum Grammy winner Slipknot, Grammy-nominated Stone Sour, Killswitch Engage, Theory of a Deadman, Megadeth, Black Label Society and Trivium, among others.

For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com

Roadrunner Records was the home of many influential Metal bands back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Sadly, for the past few years Nickleback was one of their best sellers. Nickleback sold lots of records, but WHY?

I took a little bit of interest in this acquisition since the band I’m sorta working with just recently signed with Roadrunner Records.