China-based hackers used Microsoft’s TechNet for attacks

China.gifMicrosoft has taken steps to stop a China-based hacking group from using its TechNet website as part of its attack infrastructure, according to security vendor FireEye. The group, which FireEye calls APT (advanced persistent threat) 17, is well-known for attacks against defense contractors, law firms, U.S. government agencies and technology and mining companies. TechNet is highly trafficked website that has technical documentation for Microsoft products. It also has a large forum, where users can leave comments and ask questions.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/china-based-hackers-used-microsofts-technet-for-attacks/

Alibaba, Amazon, Microsoft main players in cloud market: columnist

ChinaAmazon, Microsoft and Alibaba are set to become the three leaders in the global cloud computing market, according to Chinese columnist Liu Kuang. Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud division recently set up operations in Silicon Valley in California and in Dubai, while rival cloud computing services, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure, are expanding in China, Liu said. Aliyun, which controls nearly 25% of the cloud computing market in China, is the market leader in China and the main obstacle to the expansion of Amazon and Microsoft there, Liu said.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150519000037

Microsoft rolls out Skype for Business in Malaysia

MalaysiaMICROSOFT Malaysia has launched the new Skype for Business, saying the communications and collaboration tool will help businesses reinvent the way people communicate in the modern workplace. Skype for Business features include instant messaging, voice, video calls, online meetings and even presence – knowing when your contact is available to chat or not, the company said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/microsoft-rolls-out-skype-for-business-in-malaysia

Microsoft promotes IoT solutions with Taiwan partners

TaiwanThe Taiwan branch of tech giant Microsoft announced its IoT (Internet of Things) partners after its global launch of Azure IoT Suite in mid March, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. Microsoft Taiwan opened the Azure IoT Solutions Lab in Taipei at the end of March. It is a cloud solution laboratory that aims at helping enterprises to store and analyze a large amount of data from millions of end-user devices through the Azure IoT Suite.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150515000077

Taiwan market: Microsoft releases 3 smartphones for entry-level to mid-range segment

TaiwanMicrosoft has launched three smartphones, the Lumia 640 LTE, Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM and Lumia 430 Dual SIM, in the Taiwan market, targeting the entry-level to mid-range segment. The Lumia 640 LTE sports a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel camera and a 2500mAh battery, priced at NT$6,990 (US$229) unlocked.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150515PD205.html

Microsoft joins European, Asian subsea cable projects

APACMicrosoft has provided funding for three new trans-oceanic cable projects in an effort to bolster its cloud infrastructure for Azure and other services with data transfer capacity increases and route optimisations for lower connection latencies. In Asia, Microsoft has joined a consortium of Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese telcos in building the New Cross Pacific cable, which when ready will span over 13,000 kilometres across the northern Pacific Ocean.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403816,microsoft-joins-european-asian-subsea-cable-projects.aspx

Microsoft Is Investing In More Undersea Cables For Azure, Except In Australia

APACCloud computing relies on high-speed connections, and when you’re moving large chunks of data around the higher the speed the better. So it’s no surprise that Microsoft has been investing in undersea cabling to connect its Auzre data centres around the world. Microsoft’s investments include cable links from North America to Ireland and the UK, and from the United States to Asia via the New Cross Pacific (NCP) cable. NCP will connect a site in Oregon to Chongming, Nanhui and Lingang on the China mainland, as well as South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/05/microsoft-is-investing-in-more-undersea-cables-for-azure-except-in-australia/

Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet to take swipe at iPad in Taiwan

TaiwanMicrosoft launched its new Surface 3 tablet in Taiwan Tuesday, hoping that the convertible tablet computer with business software can take on Apple’s iPad. The Surface 3 is a cheaper and smaller version of the high-end Surface Pro 3 in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families, according to Microsoft. “We think the Surface 3 is better than the iPad,” Roan Kang, general manager of marketing and operations at Microsoft Taiwan, told a press conference to launch the tablet.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150506000040

21Vianet to Operate Azure Cloud in China into 2018

China.gifMicrosoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/02/21vianet-will-operate-azure-cloud-in-china-into-2018/

Sydney to get first Microsoft flagship store outside US

AustraliaMicrosoft has picked Sydney as the location for its first flagship store outside North America, the company announced today. The flagship store will be situated in the Westfield shopping centre in Pitt St Mall and carry the same range of products and services as Microsoft’s outlets overseas, Australian managing director Pip Marlow said in a blog post.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402937,sydney-to-get-first-microsoft-flagship-store-outside-us.aspx

NSW govt negotiating Office 365-ready Microsoft deal

AustraliaThe NSW public sector is expected to soon gain access to Microsoft’s entire cloud suite, including Office 365, under refreshed statewide buying arrangements. The state government is currently in contract negotiations with the software giant ahead of the May 31 expiration of NSW’s existing whole of government Microsoft licensing deal. Procurement officials are hoping to ink a new arrangement in its place that will provide “best value for money and flexibility for all agencies” through access to consumption-based pricing and cloud services, according to the state’s procurement office.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402649,nsw-govt-negotiating-office-365-ready-microsoft-deal.aspx

Apple, Google, Microsoft defend tax structure in Australia

AustraliaSYDNEY: Global technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft defended their corporate tax structures at an Australian parliamentary hearing, rebuffing allegations they were designed to shift profits offshore to avoid paying taxes.  The three firms also told the upper house Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, which held its first day of hearings in Sydney, that they were among 12 technology companies being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Apple-Google-Microsoft-defend-tax-structure-in-Australia/articleshow/46849834.cms

Xbox One goes region-free in China: report

ChinaAfter a firmware update at 11pm last night, Xbox One owners in China are reporting their consoles are no longer region-locked, according to Haogamers. Owners of Xbox Ones sold in China can now play the international versions of their favorite games. It was widely assumed that all game consoles to enter China after the recently-lifted ban would be forced to limit players to region-locked content.

https://www.techinasia.com/xbox-regionfree-china-report/

Microsoft promises $16M in cloud services and support for 100 Chinese startups

ChinaOn Wednesday, Microsoft China announced that 100 Chinese tech startups are about to get lucky. The company is promising RMB 100 million (US$16 million) in cloud services and support to 100 Chinese startups. Reportedly, Microsoft is also partnering with Northern Light Venture Capital, DCM, and Gobi Partners to offer financial investments in addition to the cloud services and support. The first batch of 100 startups will be hand-picked by Microsoft and its VC partners.

https://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-china-promises-16m-cloud-services-support-100-chinese-startups/

Office 365 cloud service unveiled, from Nepal

NepalKATHMANDU, APR 03 – Microsoft has launched Office 365 cloud service for businesses, educational institutions and consumers in Nepal. The service enables seamless sharing of data across personal computers and smartphones using cloud computing technology. Since it is internet-based, data and solutions can be accessed from anywhere using a browser, the company said.

http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/04/03/business/office-365-cloud-service-unveiled/403609.html

21Vianet to Operate Azure Cloud in China into 2018

China.gifMicrosoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/02/21vianet-will-operate-azure-cloud-in-china-into-2018/

Microsoft to Offer Free Cloud Service to Chinese Start-ups

China.gifMicrosoft has announed it plans to offer 100 million yuan worth of free cloud-computing services and software tools to 100 Chinese startups. The promotion is seen as bid to bolster its cloud-computing business in China. The new initiative will be launched in the next 6-months. Start-ups involved will have access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing service, software and development tools. The move is an attempt to try to wrestle market-share from Amazon and Alibaba, who also offer cloud-computing services in China.

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/04/02/3684s872563.htm

Aussie-hosted Office 365 goes live

AustraliaMicrosoft has today gone live with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online hosted in data centres located in Australia. The move continues the rollout of Microsoft cloud services based inside Australia, with Azure Australia going live last October, but Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online up until now being hosted out of Singapore. Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud. While the services are widely understood to be housed in NextDC facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, neither party has confirmed this.

http://www.crn.com.au/News/402224,office-365-goes-live-from-australian-data-centres.aspx

DFAT dips toes in Microsoft public cloud

AustraliaAustralia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has shifted one of its business units to Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure solutions in one of the first federal government migrations of a full workload to the public cloud. DFAT earlier this week launched its $140 million ‘innovation Xchange’ – an innovation hub designed to propel the department to be more “create, entrepreneurial and innovative” in how Australia delivers international aid.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402073,dfat-dips-toes-in-microsoft-public-cloud.aspx

Microsoft Launches Cheapest Windows Phone

APACMicrosoft recently launched its cheapest Lumia yet — the Lumia 430.  The Windows smartphone has a retail price of US$70. The new Lumia ousted its fellow Lumia 435, which has a retail price of US$81.  It’s not an iPhone 6 and it doesn’t have the price of one.  The smartphone has a 4 inch wide WVGA display; an internal storage of 8 GB; a gigabyte of RAM while a microSD slot is also included.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/43500/20150324/microsoft-launches-cheapest-windows-phone-lumia-430-70-usd.htm