Most Asian cities yet to adopt cloud technologies, Microsoft survey finds #cloud #cloudcomputng #microsoft

APACMajority of Asian cities have not yet adopted cloud technology to a significant degree, Microsoft has found. Only 22.2 per cent of Asian cities adopted cloud computed to a “moderate” or “extensive” degree, despite most officials knowing the benefits of using the technology, a survey by Microsoft and local government network CityNet found. Microsoft surveyed 38 senior city officials from 37 cities in Asia. The respondent cities ranged in population from over 20 million, as in Mumbai, to 100,000, such as small cities in Nepal.


MWC 2015: Acer launches its first Windows 8.1 smartphone

TaiwanAcer has unveiled the Liquid M220 smartphone, its first Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, featuring a 4-inch 233ppi display. The Liquid M220 features a 5-megapixel auto-focus back-end and a 2-megapixel front-end camera. The back-end camera also sports an 89-degree wide-angle lens for better photo shot.

Acer to launch new Windows phone at int’l mobile show

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is set to unveil a new smartphone running on the mobile version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain next week. The Windows-based handset will be released alongside Acer’s new Android-powered Jade smartphone and a wearable device at the MWC, the world’s biggest mobile show scheduled for March 2-5 in Barcelona.

First Microsoft smartphones launching in Australia from $129

AustraliaMicrosoft’s first smartphones to do without the Nokia brand name are launching in Australia. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Lumia 532 will be available from early March at prices that make Motorola’s budget Moto E appear expensive. Pricing has been set at $129 for the Lumia 435 and at $149 for the Lumia 532. The inexpensive price tags will help Microsoft sell the smartphones in high numbers; a strategic move aimed at increasing the company’s Windows Phone audience.

NextDC takes customers on ExpressRoute to Microsoft Azure

AustraliaDatacentre-as-a-Service provider, NextDC (ASX:NXT), has inked an agreement with Microsoft for direct connectivity to Azure via ExpressRoute from its Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth data centres. ExpressRoute will connect NextDC customers directly to Azure through a private, high speed, low latency fibre connection rather than a general internet-based connection.

ECS to distribute Microsoft Lumia phones in Malaysia

MalaysiaMALAYSIAN consumers looking for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones can now also find them at ECS ICT Berhad. The Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, was appointed by Finland-based Nokia Sales International Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy, to distribute Microsoft Lumia smartphones for the Malaysian IT channel and consumer electronics chain stores nationwide. ECS Astar Sdn Bhd will distribute four models at present, namely the Lumia 930 (pic), Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 535.

Microsoft Innovation Center will assist tech start-ups

ThailandMicrosoft Corporation, the world’s largest software maker, has joined with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to open an innovation centre for tech business start-up entrepreneurs under the government’s digital economy policy.  “Building up new-tech start-up firms that create innovative products and services is a critical factor for Thais,” NSTDA president Thaweesak Koanantakoolsaid yesterday.

Lenovo caught pre-installing adware on laptops

ChinaComputer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.,lenovo-caught-pre-installing-adware-on-laptops.aspx

Microsoft launches fifth Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore

SingaporeMicrosoft yesterday (Feb 16) launched its new Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore, expanding its network of centres to five globally, including those in Beijing, Berlin, Tokyo and Washington. According to the tech giant, the new centre serves as a satellite extension of the Microsoft Cybercrime Centre in Redmond, USA, Microsoft’s headquarters for fighting cybercrime.

Nokia India renews sales agreement with HCL Infosystems

IndiaNEW DELHI: Nokia India, now subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile, has signed a fresh 3-year contract with IT services and product distribution company HCL Infosystems to sell its mobile devices.  ” NISPL, subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile OY, and HCL Infosystems Ltd have signed a contract that will enhance the footprint of Microsoft Mobile devices across the Organized Trade and General Trade channels and rural India,” HCL Infosystems said in a statement.

Bill Gates meets with China technology minister: Ministry

ChinaSHANGHAI: Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp’s former CEO, met with China’s technology minister this week, said a Friday statement on the ministry website, days after U.S. tech groups expressed concerns over Chinese regulation damaging their businesses. In the meeting with China’s Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, in which Gates was representing the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the two discussed cooperating on technology and “innovative development”, Friday’s statement said.

Samsung and Microsoft end their patent dispute

KoreaSEOUL–Samsung and Microsoft said Tuesday they had ended a patent dispute that had seen the U.S. software giant sue the South Korean conglomerate for breaching a 2011 licensing contract.  Microsoft had filed its complaint in a court in the U.S. in August, accusing Samsung of withholding payments for the use of patented Microsoft technology in its smartphones and tablets. Two months later, Samsung filed a petition for arbitration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In a joint statement issued Tuesday, the two companies said a resolution had been reached.

Singapore partners Microsoft for government-wide data platform

SingaporeSingapore’s research agency partnered with Microsoft to build a whole-of-government system that will ease sharing of data between agencies, as part of the government’s Smart Nation drive. A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research signed a deal with the firm yesterday to build a common framework for how agencies will structure their businesses and set up technologies to deliver public services.

NCP leader Jitendra Awhad wants Maharashtra govt to allot land to Microsoft

IndiaTHANE: Senior NCP leader Jitendra Awhad wants the Maharashtra government to allot land to software giant Microsoft Corporation at the proposed Central Business District (CBD) in Thane’s Kalwa area. The proposed CBD is the “best location” for Microsoft to set up its unit, Awhad said, adding that he has urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to allot a plot there to the software major.

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.