Thai students, teachers in all primary, secondary schools to have access to Microsoft 365

Each of Thailand’s eight million primary and secondary school students as well as those schools’ 400,000 teachers will soon have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education. A press statement by Microsoft  (Thailand) Ltd. said this  development is the result of a memorandum of agreement signed between the Thai government’s Office of the Basic Education Commission  (OBEC) and their vendor firm.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/thai-students-teachers-in-all-primary-secondary-schools-to-have-access-to-microsoft-365/

Office 365 Personal launched in India, subscription runs for Rs 330 per month

Microsoft has launched Office 365 Personal for individual users in the Indian market today. The subscription has been priced at Rs 330 ($5.4) for a month and Rs 3,299 ($55) per year and it allows users to connect up to two devices and work seamlessly. The productivity suite, Office 365 Personal, utilizes the cloud service to sync your work across devices. The suite includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and more. Using the subscription, you can enjoy all its features on your tablet or phone, and on one Windows/Mac system.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/office-365-personal-launched-india-subscription-runs-rs-330-month

WonderMe: a culture-focused jobs site that prevents applicants from resume-spamming

Thailand’s economy has suffered in the past few years due to political unrests. But the country is staying afloat. Its GDP is at US$365 billion, which is higher than Malaysia and the Philippines. The country’s unemployment rate is only at 0.67 percent. However, looking at the other side of the coin, Thailand’s job market is quite competitive and employers find it tough to hire the right talent. Thailand-based startup WonderMe aims to solve that problem.

http://www.techinasia.com/wonderme-culturefocused-jobs-site-prevents-applicants-resumespamming/

Accounting SaaS startup freee nets $8 million in funding, aims for one million SMBs in Japan

Japan’s top accounting SaaS startup, freee, has netted US$8 million in series B funding from DCM and Infinity Venture Partners (IVP), Tech in Asia has learned. IVP previously invested in freee. Freee is integrated with over 1,600 banks in Japan, making accounting easier to manage without too much data entry. A company accountant just has to approve the bills. Freee also helps small businesses generate tax reports in a few clicks for tax submissions to authorities.

http://www.techinasia.com/accounting-saas-startup-freee-nets-8-million-funding-aims-million-smbs-japan/

This Japanese entrepreneur is freeing small businesses from their accounting nightmares

TAG indexFounded by Daisuke Sasaki and Ryu Yokoji in July 2012, freee aims to make bookkeeping and accounting quick and easy. While the idea seems simple, no one seems to have created an easy-to-use piece of accounting software for Japan. For many years, Yayoi has been dominating the accounting software space with over 60 percent market share in Japan. Sasaki says that Yayoi follows the dual-entry bookkeeping method, which could prove to be difficult and unnecessary for many small businesses. It functions okay but it lacks invoicing or bank account integration. It is at best an upgraded Excel spreadsheet.

http://www.techinasia.com/daisuke-sasaki-ryu-yokoji-freee-bookkeeping-accounting-software/

Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform Canva

TAG indexCanva, which has built an online tool that makes creating graphics super easy, has been making waves. It raised US$3 million from Australian and US investors last March before launching the product, which is rare given the discouraging investment scene Down Under. Today, the Sydney-based startup announced that Apple’s former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki has finished his contract with Motorola and Google, and has joined the team full-time in the same role he performed at Apple. Kawasaki has also invested an undisclosed sum in the company.

http://www.techinasia.com/apple-chief-evangelist-guy-kawasaki-joins-online-design-platform-canva/

Office 365 Personal now available in Asia Pacific

Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal, a new consumer subscription offering for Office 365, is now available in Asia Pacific. The software company announced the availability of this offering today, adding that  Office 365 Personal is designed for smaller households or individual users with single PC and tablet devices, but comes with the familiar features of Office in the cloud to subscribers.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/office-365-personal-now-available-in-asia-pacific/

Krux Opens Asia-Pacific Office To Meet The Needs Of Rapidly Growing International Market

TAG indexSINGAPORE, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Krux (www.krux.com), the global technology leader in cloud-based data management, has opened an office in Singapore and appointed marketing and digital media pioneer Stu Spiteri as managing director, Asia-Pacific, to take advantage of the rapid demand for the company’s DMP solution in the region.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3055517

Reprimanded by his manager, frustrated real estate agent left to start Japan’s largest property portal

Takashi Inoue (pictured below), founder and CEO of NEXT, is responsible for HOME’S, one of Japan’s largest real estate listings and housing information sites.  Established in 1997 in Yokohama, HOME’S was NEXT’s first online product, and it has now grown to over four million listed properties. The company itself made over US$117 million in revenue in 2013.  Inoue – an economics graduate from Aoyama Gakuin University – started his career at Recruit Cosmo, the real estate developer subsidiary of Recruit.

http://www.techinasia.com/reprimanded-manager-frustrated-real-estate-agent-left-start-japans-largest-property-portal/

NTT Communications Begins Asian Rollout of Enterprise Mail

TOKYO, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the data, cloud and international communications leader within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced on March 24 that its Enterprise Mail cloud service is available effective immediately in Taiwan. The service also will be launched in Singapore and Vietnam during July. Availability in other markets in Asia, Oceania and the U.S., are forthcoming. Enterprise Mail supports intra-company communications as a highly functional webmail solution with an enterprise-oriented user interface and advanced search functions.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3024078

Enterprise Migration to Analytics-as-a-Service Gains Momentum in Asia-Pacific, Finds Frost & Sullivan

SINGAPORE, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The cloud analytics market is relatively niche in Asia-Pacific. As the demand for optimization and real-time data soars, enterprises across the region are integrating cloud analytics into their business models and fueling the growth of this new area. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, The Case for Analytics in the Cloud, discusses the impact that predictive analytics will have on transforming the way companies plan their go-to-market strategies.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/enterprise-migration-to-analytics-as-a-service-gains-momentum-in-asia-pacific-finds-frost–sullivan-251846531.html

Ingram Micro Brings Office 356 to Australia

Ingram Micro (IM) will extend its influence in worldwide Office 365 distribution by taking a bite out of the Australian market when it begins selling the popular cloud-based software in April. The wholesale technology distributor’s entrance into the Australian market is yet another example of Ingram’s growing momentum in the cloud software field, especially with Microsoft’s (MSFT) popular platform. Distribution in the Australian channel now means that Ingram has a steady foothold in several of the largest IT distribution channels in the world, including the North American market.

http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-service-automation-software-news/020714/ingram-micro-brings-office-356-australia