Inventec plans to launch cloud computing services via cooperation with Microsoft

Inventec is talking with Microsoft about cooperation to integrate Microsoft-developed cloud computing software with Inventec hardware to launch related services in 2015, with target users to be small-to-medium-size enterprises in Taiwan and China, according to the company, adding that Inventec is setting up a data center in Taipei which, in addition to its in-house needs, will host an extra 20 server racks available for outside users.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141119PD208.html

Microsoft to invest Rs 1,400 crore in India cloud data centres

BENGALURU: Seeing a $2 trillion promise in India’s cloud market, Microsoft has decided to spend Rs 1,400 crore on setting up three data centres in the country. In a filing with the Registrar of Companies, the US software giant said it has started work on setting up the cloud data centres in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. The company is setting up local centres in a bid to capture the India market, especially customers in the banking and telecom industries, which have had data sovereignty concerns.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-to-invest-rs-1400-crore-in-india-cloud-data-centres/articleshow/45129548.cms

Microsoft And AWS Pass Singapore Security Standard

Microsoft has received the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure cloud platform and Office 365 family of Web services. It is chasing Amazon, which has already received the higher level-3 certification for its Amazon Web Services (AWS). A cloud security standard, MTCS SS was developed by the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) in Singapore and published in November 2013.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/11/microsoft-and-aws-pass-singapore-security-standard

Samsung says Microsoft deal invites charges of collusion

Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, according to a court filing. The filing stems from Microsoft Corp’s lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone  company Samsung still owes US$6.9mil (RM22.8mil) in interest on more than US$1bil (RM3.3bil) in patent royalties it delayed paying.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/03/Samsung-says-Microsoft-deal-invites-charges-of-collusion/

Microsoft eyes important role in Digital India mission, aims to widen Internet reach in rural areas

NEW DELHI: After Facebook, Microsoft now wants to play a big role in taking the ‘last mile’ of broadband connections to remote and inaccessible parts of India and providing access to high-speed Internet.  The US software giant, headed by Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, has proposed to the telecom department the deployment of its TV White-Space technology for a pilot project in Bangalore.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/microsoft-eyes-important-role-in-digital-india-mission-aims-to-widen-internet-reach-in-rural-areas/articleshow/45017144.cms

Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 achieve cloud security standard for Singapore

Microsoft announced today that it has achieved the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard for Singapore (MTCS SS) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure and Office 365. This Level 1 certification was granted to Microsoft to operate an Information Security Management System for Microsoft Azure and Office 365 cloud services including development, operations and support for the compute, storage, virtual network and virtual machines services.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/microsofts-azure-and-office-365-achieve-cloud-security-standard-for-singapore/

Microsoft offers dedicated fibre connections to Aussie Azure cloud

Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397190,microsoft-offers-dedicated-fibre-connections-to-aussie-azure-cloud.aspx

Microsoft confirms Australian Azure launch

Microsoft today confirmed the long-awaited arrival of its Azure cloud service in Australia, announcing general availability from its Sydney and Melbourne data centres as of next week. The company first revealed it would bring Azure to Australian shores a year and a half ago, but has consistently declined to provide an availability date beyond “the end of 2014″.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396970,microsoft-confirms-australian-azure-launch.aspx

As US tech takes China hit, software maker part-owned by Microsoft leaps ahead

BEIJING – Although Microsoft Corp is among US technology firms caught up in Chinese security worries and antitrust probes, a local software company in which the Seattle giant is a strategic investor is riding high on the growth of cloud computing. The chief executive of ChinaSoft International Ltd , 5 per cent-owned by Microsoft, says that’s more down to native firms latching on to global trends like the cloud, than Beijing policies cutting into orders from state enterprises for foreign players’ goods.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/us-tech-takes-china-hit-software-maker-part-owned-microsoft-leaps-ahead

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, backs off ‘karma’ advice to women about pay

One hundred and forty characters weren’t enough space for Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, to backpedal from comments he made at a women-in-computing conference, so he took to his firm’s website. “Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong,” Nadella said in an email to all Microsoft employees, which was posted to the site.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/557131/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-backs-off-karma-advice-women-about-pay/

Microsoft to deliver cloud services from India, could give it edge over Google, AWS

Satya Nadella had a busy schedule during his first visit to India about a week ago as Microsoft’s CEO. One of the key announcements he made was about Microsoft’s decision to deliver its flagship cloud services, Office 365, and Azure from local data centers in India. Global presence is important for cloud providers to drive customer adoption. While there are concerns around latency and performance of hosting applications in remote data centers, data sovereignty matters the most for many enterprises.

http://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-offer-cloud-services-local-data-center-india/

Microsoft’s India revenue doubles; PAT at Rs 96.85 crore

NEW DELHI: Microsoft’s revenue in India more than doubled last year, helped by users upgrading their Windows operating systems with bundled Office offerings, and the company sold products and licences worth Rs 1,973.94 crore in the country, according to a filing at the Registrar of Companies. Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited (MCIPL), which markets and sells Microsoft products in India, said overall revenue in the country grew toRs 2,245 crore in 2013 from Rs 1,003.4 crore a year earlier. “Access across devices is important. .

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/microsofts-india-revenue-doubles-pat-at-rs-96-85-crore/articleshow/44730078.cms

Microsoft crowns Azure ready for Aus govt workloads

Microsoft has moved to win the favour of Australian government agencies by volunteering to have its Azure cloud service assessed against the Australian Signals Directorate’s information security manual (ISM). Microsoft employed ASD-accredited assessor Foresight Consulting to complete an Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) compliance assessment (i.e. audit) of Azure for storage and transmission of unclassified data by Australian Government agencies.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396470,microsoft-crowns-azure-ready-for-aus-govt-workloads.aspx

Digitimes Research: Microsoft new inexpensive solution for 2015 may not help on competition with Chromebook, from Taiwan

Microsoft, which launched Windows 8.1 with Bing for US$249 notebooks, has recently decided to continue pushing the solution in 2015, but with some modifications on specifications and applicable markets, looking to suppress Chromebooks which have been achieving rapid growth recently. Because of the two product lines’ different market positions and value created for the market, Digitimes Research believes Windows 8.1 with Bing will hurt brand vendors’ profits more than its effect on suppressing Chromebook growth.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD207.html

Software giant Microsoft bets big on tablets in India

NEW DELHI: Software giant Microsoft is placing big bets on tablets to drive adoption of its Windows 8.1 platform on smart devices in the country.  The US-based firm, which acquired devices and services business of Nokia earlier this year, expects Windows-powered tablets to do especially well in segments like educational institutions and small and medium businesses (SMBs).

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/software-giant-microsoft-bets-big-on-tablets-in-india/articleshow/44106481.cms

Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market

NEW DELHI: Microsoft announced plans Tuesday (Sep 30) to offer its commercial cloud services from Indian data centres as it seeks to tap what it calls a US$2-trillion market in the country where Internet use is growing rapidly. The move is part of the US tech giant’s strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in locked accounts as it attempts to keep its market edge, with desktop use declining.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/international/microsoft-to-tap-2/1390340.html

Microsoft to set up cloud data centre in India

NEW DELHI: Microsoft will offer its commercial and cloud services- Azure and Office 365 from local data centres in India by the end of 2015, chief executive Satya Nadella said here on Tuesday. Calling cloud a “$2 trillion opportunity”, Nadella said the company will look to partner with Indian corporates, government, and entrepreneurs. Nadella did not disclose the investment involved in setting up the data centres, but said they will have ” sizeable” capacity.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-to-set-up-cloud-data-centre-in-india/articleshow/43881117.cms

WA teachers access student email with tweaked Office 365, from AU

Privacy advocates have raised concerns about functionality built into West Australian school student email accounts which offers some education staff unsupervised access to stored messages. The so-called ‘duty of care’ feature was built into WA schools’ Microsoft Office for Education cloud email service in late 2013, according to the WA Department of Education’s recently released annual report.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396283,wa-teachers-access-student-email-with-tweaked-office-365.aspx

Digitimes Research: Microsoft to release new inexpensive notebook solution; unlikely to receive full support from vendors, from Taiwan

Microsoft has provided brand vendors its Windows 8.1 with Bing solution, offering low Windows licensing fees enabling them to sell notebooks at US$249 or lower. Following the initial release on June 1, 2014, Microsoft is set to release a new solution in February 2015. To prevent the product line from hurting its brand partners’ profits, Microsoft will limit the solution to only 14-inch and below models in mature markets. But vendors will still be allowed to release 15-inch models using the solution in emerging markets.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929VL201.html

Why Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella and Jeff Bezos are banking on Digital India

Mumbai: Digital India is proving to be a magnet for global technology companies, a point driven home by the visits of three global executives to the country in September alone—a month that also sees manifold increases in the pre-Diwali offline and online sales pitches for electronic gadgets that Indians love to buy. On 15 September, Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president at Google Inc. A couple of weeks later, Jeff Bezos, president, chief executive and chairman of the board of the world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com Inc. This was followed by the visit of Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft Corp.

http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/NP9YTK9qt04BsbsPYteESP/Why-Sundar-Pichai-Satya-Nadella-and-Jeff-Bezos-are-banking.html