Tech in Asia — Xiaomi’s latest tablet, the Mi Pad 2, is thinner than its predecessor, features a full-metal body, and will even be capable of running Windows 10, the company announced at an event today in Beijing. The Mi Pad 2 will be available with 16 and 64 gigabytes of storage, and features a 7.9-inch screen, an Intel X5 quad-core processor, and USB type-C charging.
Networks Asia — In support for Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, Microsoft is empowering over 50 IT partners, including independent software vendors and application builder partners in Singapore, to help public and private organizations leverage the Internet of Things (IoT). Specifically, these partners will build applications by harnessing untapped data for actionable insights that can help organizations be more customer obsessed, transform into a digital business, and become more responsive.
Vietnam Net — The visit comes at a time when Vietnam is set to benefit significantly from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal (TPP) and the need for digital transformation is more urgent than ever to help organisations continue to thrive. As a trusted cloud advisor and with over two decades of impact in the Vietnamese market, Microsoft has become a prominent enterprise that is active in supporting the government, local authorities and enterprises, to develop the IT capabilities of the country.
Times of India — KOLKATA: After India’s top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) has trained its guns on Microsoft to counter the software goliath’s plans of harnessing unused television broadcast frequencies or ‘white spaces’ for delivering low-cost rural broadband connectivity to some 5 lakh villages.
While digital assistants such as Cortana, Siri, and Google Now are helping ease many users into a world with artificial intelligence, Microsoft Research developers believe there may, yet, be another way to introduce people to A.I. Corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft Research Asia, Hsiao-Wuen Hon sees the increasing use of a Microsoft technology called XiaoIce (pronounced Shao-ice) as the path forward for mass adoption of A.I. used in people’s lives. XiaoIce is similar to Microsoft’s other digital assistant Cortana, in that it incorporates natural language processing in its voice-initiated interactions.
First Post — Microsoft chief Satya Nadella said the tech giant will fund hundreds of new generation entrepreneurs in India’s ‘smart cities’ space and is overwhelmed by the startup culture in the country, especially in e-commerce. Delivering keynote address at ‘Future Unleashed: Accelerating India,’ which is Microsoft’s largest ever customer conference in the country, Hyderabad-born Nadella also announced new partnerships with e-commerce leaders such as Justdial, PayTm and Snapdeal.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today said that the company is starting a programme for startups that will create a single platform to bring together data to help solve burgeoning urban problems. “Startups can now apply for individual access up to $120,000 (Rs 80 lakh) worth of Azure computing to help smart cities explore solutions and run smart city digital pilots. Cities can also apply for access to these services and solutions on Azure through a new portal which connects startups with cities and their needs,” the company said in a statement.
Vietnam’s startup ecosystem is making strides toward maturity. From a growing ecommerce sector to the government itself taking an interest in entrepreneurship, it all points toward a growing opportunity for founders and investors alike. Now a new startup accelerator is about to open its doors to early-stage startups in the country.
Business Cloud News — The world’s one billion lift users could benefit from a new cloud based system which could elevate the mode of transport from ‘out of service’ to ‘as a service’, through a series of technical improvements. Lift manager ThyssenKrupp has launched MAX, a system of ‘urban efficiency’ which runs via Microsoft Azure’s Internet of Things (IoT) enabled technology.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: IT services provider HCL Technologies said that it has acquired Minneapolis-based PowerObjects — a leading North American provider of Microsoft Dynamics customer-relationship management (CRM). “This will bolster HCL’s global applications business, which offers transformational programs and complex application management for a myriad of clients’ technology landscapes,” HCL Technologies said.
China Tech News — Chinese CaaS service provider Alauda.cn has reached a deal with Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure to jointly develop corporate container cloud services. Yan Zhiqing, head of Microsoft Azure China, said that Azure will establish a platform in China and invite partners to build a cloud services community.
Seoul — The purpose of the NCP Project is to form a submarine cable network with a data processing capacity of about 80 Tbps and a total length of approximately 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean. The total capacity under KT’s control is scheduled to be increased to 118.4 Tbps, including 38.4 Tbps on the side of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable connecting Southeast Asia to Northeast Asia.
Want China Times — Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding with US software giant Microsoft on Wednesday to set up an industry development center for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the concept of connecting household devices to the internet.
KT said Thursday that it has been named the key operator of the world’s largest submarine network cable, New Cross Pacific (NCP). The nation’s dominant fixed-line operator said it will run a network center to control the submarine cable which helps connect network systems in Asia-Pacific countries to the North American region. The company said it will start operation of the 14,000-kilometer-long NCP cable in December 2017.
The Education department will begin to wind back its underperforming apprenticeships management system in expectation of having a new NEC-built platform in operation by July next year. NEC today said the platform will be based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Oracle process automation tools, after it won an open tender from the department last October. The four year deal is worth $10.8 million.
Fortune — IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services have opened, or will open, new data centers to take advantage of India’s tech-savvy populace. IBM opened a SoftLayer cloud data center in Chennai on Tuesday. It’s the company’s first in India, and the latest in a tech industry trend. A few weeks ago Microsoft announced three new Azure cloud data center regions in Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
Digi Times — Microsoft has raised its Surface Pro 2-in-1s’ monthly shipments to 500,000 units for the fourth quarter, up 60% from 300,000 units originally to prepare for the year-end holiday sales, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain. Surface Pro 4’s manufacturer Pegatron Technology is expected to benefit from the increasing orders.
ZDNet — Microsoft and LG Electronics announced on Wednesday a new partnership to develop the Windows Operating system for IoT devices. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, was at LG’s headquarters in Seoul for an LG hardware event, where LG unveiled a battalion of new devices running Windows 10. The collaboration on Internet of Things devices is the latest in a slew of recent LG-Microsoft match-ups.
Expanding its Platform-as-a-Service offering to China, IBM has tapped Chinese data center provider 21Vianet to host and operate the solution in its data centers, the Armonk, New York-based giant announced today. IBM claims its Bluemix PaaS is the world’s largest deployment of the open source PaaS software called Cloud Foundry, which came out of VMware but was later spun off as an independently managed open source project.
MIS Asia — Microsoft recently partnered telco HKT to enable small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Hong Kong to thrive in the new world of work and be more competitive. According to Microsoft, the new world of work requires businesses, especially SMBs, to be more responsive, embrace mobility and improve security.