Microsoft confirms Australian Azure launch

Microsoft today confirmed the long-awaited arrival of its Azure cloud service in Australia, announcing general availability from its Sydney and Melbourne data centres as of next week. The company first revealed it would bring Azure to Australian shores a year and a half ago, but has consistently declined to provide an availability date beyond “the end of 2014″.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396970,microsoft-confirms-australian-azure-launch.aspx

As US tech takes China hit, software maker part-owned by Microsoft leaps ahead

BEIJING – Although Microsoft Corp is among US technology firms caught up in Chinese security worries and antitrust probes, a local software company in which the Seattle giant is a strategic investor is riding high on the growth of cloud computing. The chief executive of ChinaSoft International Ltd , 5 per cent-owned by Microsoft, says that’s more down to native firms latching on to global trends like the cloud, than Beijing policies cutting into orders from state enterprises for foreign players’ goods.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/us-tech-takes-china-hit-software-maker-part-owned-microsoft-leaps-ahead

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, backs off ‘karma’ advice to women about pay

One hundred and forty characters weren’t enough space for Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, to backpedal from comments he made at a women-in-computing conference, so he took to his firm’s website. “Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong,” Nadella said in an email to all Microsoft employees, which was posted to the site.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/557131/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-backs-off-karma-advice-women-about-pay/

Microsoft to deliver cloud services from India, could give it edge over Google, AWS

Satya Nadella had a busy schedule during his first visit to India about a week ago as Microsoft’s CEO. One of the key announcements he made was about Microsoft’s decision to deliver its flagship cloud services, Office 365, and Azure from local data centers in India. Global presence is important for cloud providers to drive customer adoption. While there are concerns around latency and performance of hosting applications in remote data centers, data sovereignty matters the most for many enterprises.

http://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-offer-cloud-services-local-data-center-india/

Microsoft’s India revenue doubles; PAT at Rs 96.85 crore

NEW DELHI: Microsoft’s revenue in India more than doubled last year, helped by users upgrading their Windows operating systems with bundled Office offerings, and the company sold products and licences worth Rs 1,973.94 crore in the country, according to a filing at the Registrar of Companies. Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited (MCIPL), which markets and sells Microsoft products in India, said overall revenue in the country grew toRs 2,245 crore in 2013 from Rs 1,003.4 crore a year earlier. “Access across devices is important. .

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/microsofts-india-revenue-doubles-pat-at-rs-96-85-crore/articleshow/44730078.cms

Microsoft crowns Azure ready for Aus govt workloads

Microsoft has moved to win the favour of Australian government agencies by volunteering to have its Azure cloud service assessed against the Australian Signals Directorate’s information security manual (ISM). Microsoft employed ASD-accredited assessor Foresight Consulting to complete an Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) compliance assessment (i.e. audit) of Azure for storage and transmission of unclassified data by Australian Government agencies.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396470,microsoft-crowns-azure-ready-for-aus-govt-workloads.aspx

Digitimes Research: Microsoft new inexpensive solution for 2015 may not help on competition with Chromebook, from Taiwan

Microsoft, which launched Windows 8.1 with Bing for US$249 notebooks, has recently decided to continue pushing the solution in 2015, but with some modifications on specifications and applicable markets, looking to suppress Chromebooks which have been achieving rapid growth recently. Because of the two product lines’ different market positions and value created for the market, Digitimes Research believes Windows 8.1 with Bing will hurt brand vendors’ profits more than its effect on suppressing Chromebook growth.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD207.html

Software giant Microsoft bets big on tablets in India

NEW DELHI: Software giant Microsoft is placing big bets on tablets to drive adoption of its Windows 8.1 platform on smart devices in the country.  The US-based firm, which acquired devices and services business of Nokia earlier this year, expects Windows-powered tablets to do especially well in segments like educational institutions and small and medium businesses (SMBs).

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/software-giant-microsoft-bets-big-on-tablets-in-india/articleshow/44106481.cms

Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market

NEW DELHI: Microsoft announced plans Tuesday (Sep 30) to offer its commercial cloud services from Indian data centres as it seeks to tap what it calls a US$2-trillion market in the country where Internet use is growing rapidly. The move is part of the US tech giant’s strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in locked accounts as it attempts to keep its market edge, with desktop use declining.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/international/microsoft-to-tap-2/1390340.html

Microsoft to set up cloud data centre in India

NEW DELHI: Microsoft will offer its commercial and cloud services- Azure and Office 365 from local data centres in India by the end of 2015, chief executive Satya Nadella said here on Tuesday. Calling cloud a “$2 trillion opportunity”, Nadella said the company will look to partner with Indian corporates, government, and entrepreneurs. Nadella did not disclose the investment involved in setting up the data centres, but said they will have ” sizeable” capacity.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-to-set-up-cloud-data-centre-in-india/articleshow/43881117.cms

WA teachers access student email with tweaked Office 365, from AU

Privacy advocates have raised concerns about functionality built into West Australian school student email accounts which offers some education staff unsupervised access to stored messages. The so-called ‘duty of care’ feature was built into WA schools’ Microsoft Office for Education cloud email service in late 2013, according to the WA Department of Education’s recently released annual report.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396283,wa-teachers-access-student-email-with-tweaked-office-365.aspx

Digitimes Research: Microsoft to release new inexpensive notebook solution; unlikely to receive full support from vendors, from Taiwan

Microsoft has provided brand vendors its Windows 8.1 with Bing solution, offering low Windows licensing fees enabling them to sell notebooks at US$249 or lower. Following the initial release on June 1, 2014, Microsoft is set to release a new solution in February 2015. To prevent the product line from hurting its brand partners’ profits, Microsoft will limit the solution to only 14-inch and below models in mature markets. But vendors will still be allowed to release 15-inch models using the solution in emerging markets.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929VL201.html

Why Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella and Jeff Bezos are banking on Digital India

Mumbai: Digital India is proving to be a magnet for global technology companies, a point driven home by the visits of three global executives to the country in September alone—a month that also sees manifold increases in the pre-Diwali offline and online sales pitches for electronic gadgets that Indians love to buy. On 15 September, Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president at Google Inc. A couple of weeks later, Jeff Bezos, president, chief executive and chairman of the board of the world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com Inc. This was followed by the visit of Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft Corp.

http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/NP9YTK9qt04BsbsPYteESP/Why-Sundar-Pichai-Satya-Nadella-and-Jeff-Bezos-are-banking.html

Chinese ‘Spike’ DDoS botnet targets Windows, Linux and IoT devices

Akamai’s Prolexic division has warned of the growing threat from a Chinese toolkit that has started infecting Linux, Windows and embedded systems in order to launch DDoS attacks peaking at hundreds of Gigabits per second. Dubbed the ‘Spike’ toolkit, the malware started life targeting Linux servers earlier in 2014 but now seems to have been ported to run on Windows (both PCs and servers), consumer and SME routers, and even Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as thermostats.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/networking/chinese-spike-ddos-botnet-targets-windows-linux-and-iot-devices/

Microsoft keen to team up with India: Satya Nadella

BANGALORE: On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for “i-ways for a Digital India” and asked industry captains to seize the initiative, the Hyderabad-born chief executive of Microsoft has offered a partnership to help accelerate the country’s growth. “Every time I visit, I’m energised to see the advancements India is making and truly believe technology is a key enabler for India to thrive and create more opportunities for every individual and business in its economy,” said Satya Nadella, who was appointed as successor to Steve Ballmer in February.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/microsoft-keen-to-team-up-with-india-satya-nadella/articleshow/43465085.cms

Xbox One launched in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Microsoft on Tuesday (Sep 23) launched its Xbox One gaming console in the city-state, and more than 500 fans thronged Funan DigitaLife Mall to welcome the device and collect their pre-orders. In a media release, the company said the Xbox One was launched at 1pm, and was its “biggest ever launch” in the city-state. One fan, 18-year-old Aw Jeng Kit, queued for more than 19 hours to get his hands on Microsoft’s latest gaming console.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/xbox-one-launched-in/1376526.html

Microsoft Establishes Wholly-Owned Shanghai Subsidiary

Microsoft has established a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Shanghai named Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Limited, which will focus on the global research and development of the Microsoft cloud operating system. The wholly-owned subsidiary is based around the Chinese teams of Microsoft cloud computing and corporate departments. It will mainly focus on the global development of Microsoft’s cloud operating system, covering Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, payment platforms, and development tools.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/09/18/20964-microsoft-establishes-wholly-owned-shanghai-subsidiary

Microsoft, SAP to bring cloud and mobile partnership to India

NEW DELHI: Global tech giants Microsoft and SAP will bring their cloud and mobile partnership to India to help improve cloud and data interoperability and deliver new mobile and productivity to enterprises.  Under the partnership, SAP applications will be available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.  The partnership will allow Indian enterprises to leverage the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft Azure for their mission critical SAP deployments, a statement said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-sap-to-bring-cloud-and-mobile-partnership-to-india/articleshow/42287612.cms

15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong across Asia, where a number of relatively new phone-makers are playing to their strengths in home markets, aiming to get consumers hooked on their own keenly-priced but strongly-specced devices. Let’s look at 15 of the strongest new contenders across Asia. They’re all – individually and collectively – keen to steal sales from more established phone-makers. To quote a Bob Marley song: If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down.

http://www.techinasia.com/2013-list-new-asian-homegrown-smartphone-brands/

Microsoft’s man in China defects to search powerhouse Baidu

Zhang Yaqin, the man who helped build Microsoft’s biggest technology research operation outside of the United States, is leaving the software giant to join Chinese online search powerhouse Baidu. Sources close to Baidu said Zhang would be named president for new business and become an integral part of the company’s senior management. He would report directly to Robin Li Yanhong, the co-founder, chairman and chief executive of Baidu.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1587457/zhang-yaqin-microsofts-man-china-joins-search-powerhouse-baidu