Want China Times — Although shipments of Microsoft’s Surface Hub conferencing system have been delayed from Sept. 1 this year to Jan. 1 next year, the large-screen tablet will remain out of reach for Taiwanese businesses. Jacqui Miranda, regional director at Microsoft Asia Pacific, told a press briefing recently at Microsoft’s Technology Center in Singapore that the Surface Hub will be available in 24 markets when it begins shipping in early 2016.
Datacenter Knowledge — Microsoft has brought online three cloud data centers in India to improve performance of Azure services for customers in the country. The Redmond, Washington, company becomes first of the top US public cloud providers to offer services in India from local data centers. Amazon Web Services does not have an availability zone in India – although it is currently building a cloud data center there, which it plans to bring online next year – and neither does Google Cloud Platform.
Channel EMEA — Carlos Lopes, general manager consumer channels at Microsoft APAC, will deliver a presentation as part of next week’s Smart Channels Summit, hosted by CONTEXT, at regional channel event DISTREE APAC in Singapore. The session from Lopes will focus on Microsoft’s activities and plans related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Times of India — SILICON VALLEY: Endorsing PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme, Microsoft CEO said it will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide. “Digital India will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide,” said Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO last year, at a dinner interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India — Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Digital India and Digital Technology Dinner in Silicon Valley, California on September 26. He met with global technology chief executive officers (CEOs) at the summit, some of whom were India. Modi began his speech by thanking the CEOs present, including Google CEO Sunder Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Some tech leaders also announced India-specific projects like free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations by Google, and Microsoft’s cloud platform plans.
MIS Asia — Productivity and cloud solutions company Microsoft Malaysia’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme has received another boost with the signing of seven new partners. During Microsoft Malaysia’s Channel Partner Conference (CPC), held at the Sunway Convention Centre, the seven new partners were announced as:
Asia One — United States tech multinationals rushed to grab Chinese partners during President Xi Jinping’s US trip on Thursday, hopping to get more government procurement deals in China. Microsoft Corp and its Chinese cloud computing partner 21Vianet will partner with State-owned information technology company Unisplendour, targeting government and SOE customers.
Microsoft announced three new tie-ups in China on the same day that the country’s President Xi Jinping and a delegation visited its campus at Redmond, Washington. The seven deals with Chinese companies and government institutions will likely give Microsoft greater access to the country’s large market. Other companies like Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard have also announced ties with Chinese companies, a market that has been proving complex for U.S. companies because of the strong backing of the government for local players.
Marketing Interactive — Microsoft has appointed Simon Davies vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions for Asia. Davies will be responsible for the full portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics business applications including Dynamics CRM and ERP solutions. In this role, he will drive the business across sales, business development, marketing, partner strategy and development and go-to-market product strategies in Asia Pacific, including China, India and Japan.
Times of India — BHOPAL: The ongoing three-day World Hindi Conference here is turning out to be a hi-tech affair with big global brands showcasing electronic gadgets having inbuilt Hindi software and apps that can be downloaded promptly. Representatives of Microsoft, Google, Apple and other big companies were seen jostling and competing with each other to attract people at the conference in demonstrating how their apps could be downloaded quickly in Hindi from playstore of their gadgetry.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft is building a pipeline of fourth-generation smartphones to be launched in India around the year-end, and is banking on Windows 10-based devices to make a mark in the highly competitive mobile market where it is rapidly losing ground.
Business Wire — TOKYO: NTT Com, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, announced today it will greatly expand Microsoft Dynamics AX on Enterprise Cloud, the cloud-based ERP solution provided on NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud service. New features will be available by October 1 and include additional templates for five types of industries/purposes, strengthened support for deployment in 12 Asian countries/regions, and compatibility with hybrid clouds.
Digi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.
Digital News Asia — INGRAM Micro Inc has announced the availability of its Cloud Marketplace in Singapore, the first Asian country and the 14th worldwide to get access to its ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that enables channel partners to offer instant, online access to a wide array of cloud solutions from a single online portal. The Lion City joins the Asia Pacific markets of Australia and New Zealand, which have already been offering the marketplace.
Digi Times — According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer.
Microsoft launched its intelligent personal assistant “XiaoIce” on Tencent’s WeChat Thursday with plans for business use to compete with rivals like Apple’s Siri and Google Now. XiaoIce, a virtual personal assistant that Microsoft says was developed by its Beijing research team is accessible on Tencent’s instant messenger WeChat as Microsoft expands its offerings on mobile internet platforms.
Digital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd said it has partnered with Microsoft Corp to launch a service that incorporates Office 365 into the MaxisONE Business solutions suite, aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The MaxisONE Business, launched last September, is the all-in-one Internet plan for businesses that comes with unlimited talk and text, Internet access, business-grade services and mobility solutions.
PRNewswire Asia — LONDON: Global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, is working with Microsoft Azure to deliver a free cloud BI offering, available via the Azure Marketplace. Yellowfin on Azure allows companies to get started with BI in the cloud for free via the Azure Marketplace (Azure usage fees apply). With just a few clicks, users will be able to deploy an enterprise-grade BI environment in minutes, which includes a free 12-month three-user subscription license for Yellowfin.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer refreshed its entry-level notebook lineup Tuesday with two models powered by the Windows 10 operating system, as part of efforts to develop its cloud computing business. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 feature a fan-less design of just 17.9mm thick, while the 11-inch model weighs just 1.15kg and the 14-inch model weighs in at 1.6kg.
IT News — The federal government will spend just over $11 million to keeping four of Canberra’s largest agencies using the now out-of-support Windows Server 2003 operating system. It has signed a two-year deal with Microsoft that will cover the costs of custom support licences at the Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration.