Taiwan market: CHT partners with Microsoft to provide cloud computing services

TaiwanDigi 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.


Singapore first Asian country to get Ingram Micro’s Cloud Marketplace

SingaporeDigital 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.


Portable PC sales to remain flat despite Windows 10 launch, says ABI Research, from TW

TaiwanDigi 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 brings Chinese personal assistant to WeChat

China.gifMicrosoft 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.


Maxis in Office 365 partnership with Microsoft

MalaysiaDigital 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.


Yellowfin Launches Free Cloud BI Solution on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace

AustraliaPRNewswire 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.


Acer unveils Windows 10-based Cloudbook entry-level laptops

TaiwanWant 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.


Federal govt spends $11m to keep agencies on Win 2003, from AU

AustraliaIT 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.


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APACLife Hacker — As the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, May-Ann Lim works with a number of the largest cloud service providers in the region, dealing with all sorts of different issues. The association’s mission is to be the voice of the technology community and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the APAC region. As an independent body, the ACCA’s membership includes major companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and EMC.


Vietnam attractive for smartphone production

VietnamVietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.


Microsoft joins hand with Vietnam to promote e-Government development

VietnamVietnam Net — Support rapid, comprehensive deployment of e-Government, e-Health and smart transportation, Microsoft’s CityNext is considered the most optimal solution for cities’ resources and IT resources. With the major theme “E-Government, E-Heath and Smart Transportation”, the conference took place at Ho Chi Minh City’s New World Hotel.


Microsoft expands BizSpark programmes for startups in Singapore

SingaporeDigital News Asia — MICROSOFT Corp has announced an expansion of the Microsoft BizSpark programme in Singapore, introducing two new features. The first is the launch of the BizSpark Residency Programme that houses startups with promising market potential at the revamped Microsoft Innovation Centre, the company said in a statement.


Microsoft: Mobile-first, cloud-first fit for India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW YORK: Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella’s emphasis on “mobile-first, cloud-first world” fits well into India’s needs as the strategy will ensure affordable technology to millions of small businesses, a senior company executive has said.


Microsoft to bring Surface tablets to India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: As Microsoft gears up for the global launch of Windows 10, the company has revealed that it does plan to bring its much acclaimed Surface 2-in-1 devices to the Indian market. Speaking to TOI Tech, Vineet Durani, Director – Windows Business Group at Microsoft (India), informed that the company is looking at bringing the Surface devices to India, following feedback from its current and potential customers including CXOs.


Vic agencies to spend millions on Win 2003 custom support, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Victorian government agencies have committed to spend $4.4 million in the next year on Windows Server 2003 custom support after failing to migrate off the operating system before Microsoft stopped supporting the product this week. State IT service provider CenITex has signed a 12 month arrangement with Microsoft under which it will pay extra to continue receiving updates and patches for the software, which is still in use by CenITex and a number of its customers including the state health department and police force.


Microsoft’s partners in India ‘very progressive’: Schuster

IndiaTimes of India — ORLANDO: Describing India as a ‘great market,’ a top Microsoft executive said the company’s partners in the country are ‘very progressive’ in the way they service the world and the Indian customers adapt to technology a lot faster than those in some other nations.


Microsoft bats for White-Fi to help Digital India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: US software major Microsoft Corporation says its newly-developed White-Fi technology can provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to a large section of the Indian population, thus, giving a boost to the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative. White-Fi or television White-Space technology works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale. “TV White-Space technology puts the unused spectrum in the TV channels to a good effect,” Prashant Shukla, national technology officer at Microsoft India, told ET.


Microsoft delays launch of $20k Surface Hub, from AU

AustraliaMicrosoft has revealed it will not ship its Surface Hub in September as originally planned, and is declining to provide a new shipment date. High demand was blamed for the delay to the launch of the interactive whiteboard, as Microsoft is now “tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale”.


Digitimes Research: Intel processor shipments rely on Windows tablets for growth, from TW

ChinaObserving the Intel mobile platform’s development in the non-Android tablet market, Digitimes Research expects Windows tablets to replace Android tablets and become Intel’s new focus. Intel’s Education Tablet, which achieved success in the education sector in 2014, is also expected to benefit the CPU giant’s mobile processor shipments in 2015.


Microsoft Taiwan implements BizSpark Plus via cooperation with local business accelerators

TaiwanDigi 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.