Microsoft’s Outlook in China hacked, says GreatFire

BEIJING, Jan 19 — Chinese users of Microsoft Corp’s Outlook email service were subject to a hacking attack at the weekend, just weeks after Google Inc’s Gmail system was blocked in China, an online censorship watchdog said today. People using email clients like Outlook, Mozilla’s Thunderbird and apps on their phone with the SMTP and IMAP email protocols, which are used to send and receive messages, around Saturday were subject to a “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack, said China-based

Microsoft unveils low-cost smartphones in some markets

WASHINGTON: Microsoft on Wednesday (Jan 14) unveiled two new low-cost smartphones aimed at pushing its Windows Phone operating system to users in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The two Lumia handsets – made by the unit of Finnish-based Nokia which Microsoft acquired last year – will begin rolling out in February, with prices starting at €69 to €79 (US$81 to US$93).

Idea, Microsoft Mobiles tie up for billing purchases

NEW DELHI: Microsoft Mobiles, maker of Lumia smartphones, has tied up with Idea Cellular for enabling the telco’s 34 million data users to purchases apps and pay for them through monthly bills or prepaid balances. Idea Cellular’s customers will be able to make the purchases from Microsoft’s Windows Store, the companies said on Monday. Partnerships where telcos team up with app stores may work better in India where credit card adoption and use for making payments over mobile is far less than net banking or debit card usage.

ActiveX to be phased out in March

Internet users will be able to pay on Korean websites more conveniently without having to go through complicated identification processes based on “ActiveX,” the government said Wednesday. As credit card companies will become free to replace ActiveX technology with other security programs from March, Korea’s online shopping malls can provide a more convenient payment system that does not require tedious identification processes other than ID and passwords both for domestic and foreign online customers.

Region-free console gaming is not going to happen in China. Period.

Last week, news broke that unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One, the Playstation 4 and PS Vita would not be region-locked when they were released in China this week. I was away on paternity leave, but with one eye on the baby and one eye on the news, I was surprised to see that a lot of gaming media outlets ran the story. My gut response was that there was no way it could be true.

Singapore SMB turns to Office 365 for mobility, savings

Korvac Holdings has successfully migrated to Office 365 for its 200 employees in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Microsoft Singapore. As half of Korvac employees work remotely in Singapore or out of other offices around the region, the company found that it needed a way for employees to better collaborate and communicate in a fast and efficient manner.

Letv Cloud Reaches Cloud Computing Deal With Microsoft Azure, from CN

Letv cloud, the cloud computing-based video open platform of, and Microsoft jointly held a press conference in Beijing and announced that the two parties have inked a deal for solution compatibility. With the cooperation, Letv cloud video-related solutions will be compatible with Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure in the future. Letv cloud video solution will be like online software and Microsoft Azure will be like a hardware platform which allows Letv cloud solutions to run on Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform.

Leadership revamp at Microsoft Malaysia

THERE has been a major revamp in the management lineup at Microsoft Malaysia, with managing director Carlos Lacerda (pic) leaving Microsoft Corp itself after just two years at the helm of the local subsidiary, while two new senior executives have also been appointed. Microsoft Malaysia announced Lacerda’s appointment in November, 2012. His last day was Dec 31, 2014. In a note to employees obtained by Digital News Asia (DNA), Microsoft Asia Pacific president Cesar Cernuda said that Lacerda was leaving for “personal and family reasons.”

New Wintel hard to drive PC replacement, say Taiwan makers

Although Windows 10 and Intel’s 14nm-based Skylake CPUs are both expected to launch in the third quarter, sources from the upstream supply chain are conservative about the new Wintel combination’s ability to stimulate the replacement of PCs and expect their shipments for notebooks in 2015 to remain at around the same level as in 2014 with the only exception being Apple’s Mac series products.

Microsoft cloud service gaining pace in eastern India, says Embee Software

KOLKATA: City based Embee Software today said Microsoft cloud based technology and service is gaining pace in the eastern region.  “Embee, one of Microsoft’s solutions partner in India, has registered 22 per cent year-on-year growth in its business, riding on high adoption of Microsoft Office 365 and Azure amongst customers,” Embee managing director Sudhir Kothari said.

Asustek EeeBook shipments to disappoint in Q4

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. may have made lower than expected shipments of its low-cost EeeBook laptop in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to competition from tablets and smartphones, according to Digitimes Research. Only about 200,000 units of the EeeBook X205 were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014, the Taipei-based research firm predicted in a report Tuesday.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella urges Ravi Shankar Prasad to allow White-fi technology to provide Internet in villages

NEW DELHI: Satya Nadella, global CEO of Microsoft, urged telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to allow the US software major to pilot its ‘White-Fi’ technology to provide internet connectivity in remote villages in the country at a meeting in the capital on Friday.  Microsoft’s White-Fi, or television White-Space technology, works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale to provide wireless connectivity across a 10 km radius at a speed of up to 16 mbps, by using chunks of airwaves lying between spectrum kept untouched by broadcasters to avoid interference or disturbance between transmissions.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella meets PM Narendra Modi; pledges support to Digital India

NEW DELHI: Keen to invest more in India, Microsoft’s chief Satya Nadella today pledged support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative.  Besides Modi, India-born Nadella also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed modernisation and security of the government’s digital infrastructure, among other issues.  “It was a courtesy visit. Microsoft is the company that is a multinational but is operating in India for India and Indian businesses…

WP phones market share to continue dropping before arrival of new model, from TW

The global market share of Windows Phone (WP)-based smartphones is expected to continue declining before Microsoft Mobile launches its next generation WP phone in the second half of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. The share of WP phones has continued to fall because the specifications and functionality of high-end WP models are not outstanding, while the price/performance ratios of entry-level and mid-range WP phones are not as strong as those Android-based smartphones, said the sources.

Microsoft and Jakarta police team up to educate public on dangers of pirated software

In a report by Akamai Technologies last year, Indonesia was ranked as the number one source of hacking-related traffic in the world, overtaking China. The country is also a place where pirated software is used ubiquitously by individuals and businesses alike. Because pirated software often contains malicious malware, the widespread use of inauthentic software in Indonesia brings large potential threats each day to the nation’s digital infrastructure.

Digitimes Research: Microsoft Mobile exit from feature phone market to benefit white-box makers and Samsung

Samsung Electronics and China-based white-box handset makers will benefit from Microsoft Mobile’s decision to phase out its feature phone business within one and a half years, Digitimes Research believes. Samsung and white-box handset makers have been competing for the orders left out by Microsoft Mobile since the third quarter of 2014, and Digitimes Research estimates that Microsoft Mobile has been shipping about 10-15 million feature phones a month in 2014.

Microsoft readies Aussie data centres for Office 365

Microsoft will go live with locally hosted Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online by the end of March 2015. The software-as-a-service applications will be hosted from within Microsoft’s two existing data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, which launched in October to house Azure Australia. According to Microsoft, local hosting will “provide customers with faster performance, offer geo-redundant backup and help address data residency considerations”.,office-365-to-go-live-from-aussie-data-centres.aspx

Advantech and Microsoft Build Asia’s First IoT-Cloud

Advantech has announced  that it will collaborate with Microsoft to build Asia’s first IoT WISE-Cloud (Wireless IoT Solutions Embedded, WISE) platform. Advantech and Microsoft will jointly develop solutions and products intended for the Internet of Things (IoT) with the aim of establishing a new cloud application model. Chaney Ho, Advantech president, said that in recent years, the applications for IoT have been widely established in people’s daily lives and work. “Advantech has found that the embedded board is at the core IoT and so the development of all types of intelligent systems could naturally be realized for a diverse range of fields,” he said.

Digitimes Research: PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14 million, 11 million respectively in 2015, from TW

There will be 14 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles shipped globally in 2015 to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5 million units and 11 million Xbox One consoles to reach 23.7 million units, according to Digitimes Research. Wii U shipments in 2015 will be two million units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29 million falling behind those of PS4 and Xbox One.

Our technology more effective for last-mile connectivity: Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik

NEW DELHI: Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik has taken a pot shot at rivals Google and Facebook over their proposals to tackle the country’s last-mile broadband connectivity problem, and said the technology that the software giant is offering is potentially more effective to take high-speed Internet to remote villages.