21Vianet to Operate Azure Cloud in China into 2018

China.gifMicrosoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/02/21vianet-will-operate-azure-cloud-in-china-into-2018/

Sydney to get first Microsoft flagship store outside US

AustraliaMicrosoft has picked Sydney as the location for its first flagship store outside North America, the company announced today. The flagship store will be situated in the Westfield shopping centre in Pitt St Mall and carry the same range of products and services as Microsoft’s outlets overseas, Australian managing director Pip Marlow said in a blog post.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402937,sydney-to-get-first-microsoft-flagship-store-outside-us.aspx

NSW govt negotiating Office 365-ready Microsoft deal

AustraliaThe NSW public sector is expected to soon gain access to Microsoft’s entire cloud suite, including Office 365, under refreshed statewide buying arrangements. The state government is currently in contract negotiations with the software giant ahead of the May 31 expiration of NSW’s existing whole of government Microsoft licensing deal. Procurement officials are hoping to ink a new arrangement in its place that will provide “best value for money and flexibility for all agencies” through access to consumption-based pricing and cloud services, according to the state’s procurement office.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402649,nsw-govt-negotiating-office-365-ready-microsoft-deal.aspx

Apple, Google, Microsoft defend tax structure in Australia

AustraliaSYDNEY: Global technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft defended their corporate tax structures at an Australian parliamentary hearing, rebuffing allegations they were designed to shift profits offshore to avoid paying taxes.  The three firms also told the upper house Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, which held its first day of hearings in Sydney, that they were among 12 technology companies being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Apple-Google-Microsoft-defend-tax-structure-in-Australia/articleshow/46849834.cms

Xbox One goes region-free in China: report

ChinaAfter a firmware update at 11pm last night, Xbox One owners in China are reporting their consoles are no longer region-locked, according to Haogamers. Owners of Xbox Ones sold in China can now play the international versions of their favorite games. It was widely assumed that all game consoles to enter China after the recently-lifted ban would be forced to limit players to region-locked content.

https://www.techinasia.com/xbox-regionfree-china-report/

Microsoft promises $16M in cloud services and support for 100 Chinese startups

ChinaOn Wednesday, Microsoft China announced that 100 Chinese tech startups are about to get lucky. The company is promising RMB 100 million (US$16 million) in cloud services and support to 100 Chinese startups. Reportedly, Microsoft is also partnering with Northern Light Venture Capital, DCM, and Gobi Partners to offer financial investments in addition to the cloud services and support. The first batch of 100 startups will be hand-picked by Microsoft and its VC partners.

https://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-china-promises-16m-cloud-services-support-100-chinese-startups/

Office 365 cloud service unveiled, from Nepal

NepalKATHMANDU, APR 03 – Microsoft has launched Office 365 cloud service for businesses, educational institutions and consumers in Nepal. The service enables seamless sharing of data across personal computers and smartphones using cloud computing technology. Since it is internet-based, data and solutions can be accessed from anywhere using a browser, the company said.

http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/04/03/business/office-365-cloud-service-unveiled/403609.html

21Vianet to Operate Azure Cloud in China into 2018

China.gifMicrosoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/02/21vianet-will-operate-azure-cloud-in-china-into-2018/

Microsoft to Offer Free Cloud Service to Chinese Start-ups

China.gifMicrosoft has announed it plans to offer 100 million yuan worth of free cloud-computing services and software tools to 100 Chinese startups. The promotion is seen as bid to bolster its cloud-computing business in China. The new initiative will be launched in the next 6-months. Start-ups involved will have access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing service, software and development tools. The move is an attempt to try to wrestle market-share from Amazon and Alibaba, who also offer cloud-computing services in China.

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/04/02/3684s872563.htm

Aussie-hosted Office 365 goes live

AustraliaMicrosoft has today gone live with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online hosted in data centres located in Australia. The move continues the rollout of Microsoft cloud services based inside Australia, with Azure Australia going live last October, but Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online up until now being hosted out of Singapore. Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud. While the services are widely understood to be housed in NextDC facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, neither party has confirmed this.

http://www.crn.com.au/News/402224,office-365-goes-live-from-australian-data-centres.aspx

DFAT dips toes in Microsoft public cloud

AustraliaAustralia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has shifted one of its business units to Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure solutions in one of the first federal government migrations of a full workload to the public cloud. DFAT earlier this week launched its $140 million ‘innovation Xchange’ – an innovation hub designed to propel the department to be more “create, entrepreneurial and innovative” in how Australia delivers international aid.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402073,dfat-dips-toes-in-microsoft-public-cloud.aspx

Microsoft Launches Cheapest Windows Phone

APACMicrosoft recently launched its cheapest Lumia yet — the Lumia 430.  The Windows smartphone has a retail price of US$70. The new Lumia ousted its fellow Lumia 435, which has a retail price of US$81.  It’s not an iPhone 6 and it doesn’t have the price of one.  The smartphone has a 4 inch wide WVGA display; an internal storage of 8 GB; a gigabyte of RAM while a microSD slot is also included.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/43500/20150324/microsoft-launches-cheapest-windows-phone-lumia-430-70-usd.htm

Two cool phones from Cherry Mobile

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – Cherry Mobile recently launched two new Alpha series devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain recently. In its five years in the industry, Cherry Mobile has continued to expand its gadget lineup and market share despite international brands dominating the country. In 2014, Cherry Mobile it worked with Microsoft to introduce the Alpha series which boasted of two smartphones and two tablets – all equipped with a Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 operating systems.

http://www.philstar.com/technology/2015/03/16/1434058/two-cool-phones-cherry-mobile

Taiwanese developers crowned champions in Microsoft app contest

TaiwanMicrosoft Taiwan on Monday announced the winners of the company’s Community Champion app development competition, which saw two Taiwanese teams rise above 605 teams of 805 software developers from across Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia. The competition is designed to promote Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure. App submissions by competing developers were judged by their design, innovativeness, and commercial viability.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150324000063

Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets

KoreaMicrosoft’s Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google’s Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The move is the latest in Microsoft’s efforts to get its cloud-enabled software into the hands of as many customers as possible, regardless of platform or device. Microsoft said Samsung will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and its note-taking and cloud storage apps on certain tablets in the first half of this year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401974,samsung-to-pre-install-microsoft-apps-on-android-tablets.aspx

Microsoft India bets big on Windows 10 OS to boost smartphone presence

IndiaNEW DELHI: Microsoft India is betting big on the new Windows 10 operating system to boost its presence in the smartphone segment after partnerships with domestic vendors failed to bring it success in the surging market. “We were not very happy with the results. The portfolios of our local vendors are based on Android predominantly. But we believe there will be a huge opportunity when we get to the Windows 10 OS,” said Vineet Durani, Director – Windows Business Group at Microsoft Corporation India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-india-bets-big-on-windows-10-os-to-boost-smartphone-presence/articleshow/46656574.cms

‘Free’ Windows 10 upgrade for Chinese users may have a catch

China.gifThe free upgrade Microsoft has offered to Chinese users of pirated versions of its operating system may not be as good as it sounds, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times. The US software giant introduced Windows 10 at its WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen on March 18. The company promised users of pirated versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 that they could upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150322000112

Microsoft to share revised research process with Taiwan developers

TaiwanMicrosoft is scheduled to host a forum with Taiwanese developers Thursday to share how the US software giant has revised its research and development processes in a transition into a cloud services provider. More than 200 general managers and research directors of Taiwanese software companies have been invited to attend the forum in Taipei, where Julia Liuson, a corporate vice president at Microsoft’s Developer Division, will discuss her company’s new corporate guidelines.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150321000046

Windows 10 is coming to the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone

ChinaAt the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Shenzhen today, Microsoft announced a new partnership program with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi (hat-tip to iFeng). Once Windows 10 is released, Xiaomi Mi 4 owners can choose to flash the Windows 10 ROM onto their device, replacing the stock Android-based MIUI operating system. In a blog post, Microsoft said:

https://www.techinasia.com/windows-10-coming-xiaomi-mi-4-smartphone/

Images of Xiaomi Mi 4 running Windows 10 leaked

ChinaMicrosoft is said to have partnered with Xiaomi to bring a preview version of Windows 10 to the Mi 4 smartphone. While this news broke out yesterday and wasn’t expected to materialize anytime soon, a new leak today has given us the very first glimpse of the Mi 4 running a technical preview version of Windows 10. The authenticity of this leak has not been confirmed yet, so we’re taking it with a pinch of salt for the time being. It’s also not clear if this is the final version of Windows 10 that will be available for Mi 4 users.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Images-of-Xiaomi-Mi-4-running-Windows-10-leaked/articleshow/46634407.cms