Digi TImes — Microsoft Taiwan began to implement Microsoft’s global program BizSpark Plus in Taiwan in July through cooperation with Taiwan-based business accelerators including AppWorks Ventures, HWTrek and Garage+. Microsoft will provide free Azure cloud computing resources worth US$120,000 a year to support start-up businesses engaged in software development or services, according to the company.
IT News — Microsoft’s Australia Azure East region is currently suffering a major network infrastructure interruption that has left customers unable to connect to their cloud hosted services. The Azure team tweeted a service alert for Australia East at 12:48pm AEST, with a link to its status updates site.
Business Standard — Supporting the Digital India initiative, world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corp today said it will help the government in efforts to “transform” the country through technological innovations. In a video message on the occasion of launch of Digital India week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said technology can support the government’s initiatives in key areas of the programme including rural internet connectivity, digital cloud services for all and communications and productivity services for the government.
Vietnam Net — Ministry of Cultures, Sports and Tourism inspectors and police found In September 2013 that 41 computers at the company were illegally using software of Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and Lac Viet. Trimmers Vietnam admitted wrongdoing and promised to stop using the pirated products. It also committed to compensation and damage management. The company has done nothing about the problem.
India Times — MUMBAI: Software major Microsoft today said it will commission three “hyper-scale” data centres in India before the end of this year. “Microsoft has already started a private preview of these data centres with over 100 existing customers on board across different segments such as banking and financial institutions, government, manufacturing and start-ups,” Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told PTI here today.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Wipro chairman Azim Premji will be among 400 corporate honchos who will attend the launch of the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative on July 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the logo for the Rs 1.13 lakh crore project using a laser beam in front of an audience of about 10,000 people.
Digital News Asia — IF there is one thing that isn’t a problem for startups under the care of Microsoft Ventures’ accelerator programme in Beijing, it’s funding. Or so says Frances Du, director of the software giant’s startup investment and accelerator arm in the Greater China Region, speaking to the media during a recent familiarisation tour hosted at the company’s office in Beijing.
Ageing and limited infrastructure combined with tightened budgets continue to challenge businesses. As such, many have moved on to virtualisation, consolidation, automation and Cloud Computing. Employers are benefitting from the increased efficiency and productivity, from the mobility they now enjoy with BYOD. Everyone’s talking about the Cloud and it’s obvious why. The depreciating Malaysian ringgit, the new fiscal deficit target, sliding oil prices and expectations of US interest rate hike all point to a critical need for increased cost efficiency.
For those of us who dwell in urban populated areas, the occurrence of noise congestion can sometimes become a mere backdrop in our living conditions, like a soundtrack to a movie. The longer we live in an area, the more adept we become at dealing with the noise. However, studies are showing that noise pollution ranks among the most pervasive forms of harm against a persons well being. An overexposure to the drudgery of noise pollution can manifest itself in the harmful deterioration of mental and physical well-being of residents, according to an article in the Environmental Health Perspectives (ehp).
Located in Hanoi, the maiden Microsoft Store will offer an assortment of best-in-class Microsoft products, including Windows phones, feature phones, Surface devices as well as Windows, Microsoft Office 365, among others, the Vietnamese unit of the Windows operating system maker said the same day on its website. Laptops and tablets manufactured by Microsoft partners are also available at the reseller store, whereas users can test out the Live Experience Table, which will show them how they can enjoy seamless integration across multiple screens through Microsoft devices, apps and services.
Microsoft’s Azure platform and Office 365 have achieved, Level 3, of the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) which has been designed for regulated organizations with specific requirements and more stringent security requirements. Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online has also been assessed and certified as complying with Level 2 of MTCS SS, which is designed to address the needs of most organizations running business critical data and systems through a set of more stringent security controls to protect business and personal information in potentially moderate impact information systems using cloud services.
Microsoft has taken its big data analysis to China, with computing models that can forecast the air quality across 41 cities in the country. Pollution continues to be a major problem in China, with hazardous air quality levels a common occurrence in cities including Beijing. To bring some clarity to the situation, Microsoft has come up with a mobile app that can predict the air quality two days in advance. The Your Weather app works by first taking official data from government air quality monitoring stations across a 300 kilometer distance, and then using weather data to predict the pollution levels.
MICROSOFT Corp said that its new large-screen collaboration device the Surface Hub will be available for businesses to order in 24 markets beginning July 1, with only two Asian countries on the list. Singapore will be the only South-East Asian country getting it, joining Japan. The device is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 55-inch for US$6,999, and Surface Hub 84-inch for a whopping US$19,999.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service has been growing fast in China, but a company executive has warned that the government’s changing tech policies could slow its momentum. Authorities here have been crafting new regulations, and the government’s position on tech “can change at any time,” Gary Sun, president of Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific Technology subsidiary, told reporters in Beijing. “I think that’s the uncertainty for all businesses here,” he said.
Telstra has won an extension to a 15-year-partnership with mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu, signing a three-year extension valued at $23 million. Under the deal, Telstra will continue to provide voice, data and mobile services as well as machine-to-machine and cloud services to the company. The telco will help Komatsu extend a recent trial of M2M technology, which Komatsu said had allowed the company to remotely download performance diagnostic data from more than 700 pieces of Komatsu equipment on mine sites without human interaction.
Microsoft 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.
Amazon, 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.
MICROSOFT 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.
The 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.
Microsoft 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.