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 #cloud #cloudcomputing

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

Smartphone giants relocate factories to Vietnam

In mid-August, Microsoft, the new owner of Nokia phone brand, announced that its factory in Bac Ninh would become a major smartphone production base in its global value chain. Nokia, the 150-year old phone manufacturer, is relocating its factories in Hungary to other sites. It is also closing some of its factories in China. More than 30 production lines from its factories worldwide will be brought to Vietnam by the end of the year.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/111081/smartphone-giants-relocate-factories-to-vietnam.html

China orders Microsoft to explain Windows, Office practices within 20 days

Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the U.S. company 20 days to comply. The brief announcement on the website of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) (Chinese language version) was the latest move in the government’s antitrust investigation of Microsoft, which faces an unknown number of charges. Microsoft must reply to the SAIC’s demands in writing, the agency said.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/china-orders-microsoft-to-explain-windows-office-practices-within-20-days/

Xbox teams up with StarHub for localised content

SINGAPORE: Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, which will be launched in Singapore on Sep 23, will allow local users to stream programmes on their Xbox One thanks to a partnership with StarHub. This was announced by the company at a Xbox One showcase on Sep 1. Users of Microsoft’s newest game console in Singapore will be able to access content on the free StarHub TV Anywhere app for Xbox One. With the app, users will get access to StarHub TV Anywhere’s line-up of 89 channels, including SuperSports Arena.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/xbox-teams-up-with/1341166.html

Microsoft given deadline to answer Chinese monopoly claims

A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world’s largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391620,microsoft-given-deadline-to-answer-chinese-monopoly-claims.aspx

HCM City pushes forward with Microsoft Smart City model

Under this MOU, both parties will focus on implementing key areas including: General IT infrastructure and IT infrastructure for smart city, information security, cloud apps development, training for IT resources, E-government, high-tech and electronic information technology industries and IPR implementation. Attending the ceremony were Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Manh Ha; director of Ho Chi Minh City Information and Communications Department Le Thai Hy; Asia Time Zone SMS&P at Microsoft public sector director Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno; general manager of Microsoft Vietnam Vu Minh Tri and media representatives.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/110606/hcm-city-pushes-forward-with-microsoft-smart-city-model.html

Huawei abandons Windows Phone: "We were losing money for two years" on it

One more big phone maker has given up on Windows Phone. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker says that it will no longer release Windows Phone devices because it simply can’t make any money on it. Where else can Microsoft turn? In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, was direct about the company abandoning Windows Phone.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/mobile-and-wireless/huawei-abandons-windows-phone-we-were-losing-money-for-two-years-on-it/

China says Microsoft hasn’t been fully transparent in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities are claiming that Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government’s anti-monopoly investigation, and is demanding more information about its media player and Web browser distribution. “Information relating to Microsoft’s suspected Windows and Office software has not been fully open,” said Zhang Mao, the head of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), at a Tuesday press conference.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/operating-systems/china-says-microsoft-hasnt-been-fully-transparent-in-anti-monopoly-probe/

Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe: source

BEIJING: Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s antitrust regulators.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/28/Microsoft-CEO-Nadella-to-visit-China-amid-antitrust-probe-source/

Microsoft to incubate 10 Indian startups

BANGALORE, INDIA: Global software major Microsoft will incubate 10 early-stage technology startups in cloud computing, Internet and mobile using its Accelerator for Windows Azure programme to help them build businesses, a top official said on Wednesday. “The startups will have access to our resources such as BizSpark programme and $60,000 in Azure credit through BizSpark Plus programme to take advantage of the cloud,” Microsoft India (R&D) Managing Director Amit Chatterjee told reporters here unveiling the programme in the Indian sub-continent.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/45358/microsoft-incubate-indian-startups