Life Hacker — As the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, May-Ann Lim works with a number of the largest cloud service providers in the region, dealing with all sorts of different issues. The association’s mission is to be the voice of the technology community and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the APAC region. As an independent body, the ACCA’s membership includes major companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and EMC.
Vietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.
Vietnam Net — Support rapid, comprehensive deployment of e-Government, e-Health and smart transportation, Microsoft’s CityNext is considered the most optimal solution for cities’ resources and IT resources. With the major theme “E-Government, E-Heath and Smart Transportation”, the conference took place at Ho Chi Minh City’s New World Hotel.
Digital News Asia — MICROSOFT Corp has announced an expansion of the Microsoft BizSpark programme in Singapore, introducing two new features. The first is the launch of the BizSpark Residency Programme that houses startups with promising market potential at the revamped Microsoft Innovation Centre, the company said in a statement.
Times of India — NEW YORK: Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella’s emphasis on “mobile-first, cloud-first world” fits well into India’s needs as the strategy will ensure affordable technology to millions of small businesses, a senior company executive has said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: As Microsoft gears up for the global launch of Windows 10, the company has revealed that it does plan to bring its much acclaimed Surface 2-in-1 devices to the Indian market. Speaking to TOI Tech, Vineet Durani, Director – Windows Business Group at Microsoft (India), informed that the company is looking at bringing the Surface devices to India, following feedback from its current and potential customers including CXOs.
IT News — Victorian government agencies have committed to spend $4.4 million in the next year on Windows Server 2003 custom support after failing to migrate off the operating system before Microsoft stopped supporting the product this week. State IT service provider CenITex has signed a 12 month arrangement with Microsoft under which it will pay extra to continue receiving updates and patches for the software, which is still in use by CenITex and a number of its customers including the state health department and police force.
Times of India — ORLANDO: Describing India as a ‘great market,’ a top Microsoft executive said the company’s partners in the country are ‘very progressive’ in the way they service the world and the Indian customers adapt to technology a lot faster than those in some other nations.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: US software major Microsoft Corporation says its newly-developed White-Fi technology can provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to a large section of the Indian population, thus, giving a boost to the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative. White-Fi or television White-Space technology works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale. “TV White-Space technology puts the unused spectrum in the TV channels to a good effect,” Prashant Shukla, national technology officer at Microsoft India, told ET.
Microsoft has revealed it will not ship its Surface Hub in September as originally planned, and is declining to provide a new shipment date. High demand was blamed for the delay to the launch of the interactive whiteboard, as Microsoft is now “tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale”.
Observing the Intel mobile platform’s development in the non-Android tablet market, Digitimes Research expects Windows tablets to replace Android tablets and become Intel’s new focus. Intel’s Education Tablet, which achieved success in the education sector in 2014, is also expected to benefit the CPU giant’s mobile processor shipments in 2015.
Digi TImes — Microsoft Taiwan began to implement Microsoft’s global program BizSpark Plus in Taiwan in July through cooperation with Taiwan-based business accelerators including AppWorks Ventures, HWTrek and Garage+. Microsoft will provide free Azure cloud computing resources worth US$120,000 a year to support start-up businesses engaged in software development or services, according to the company.
IT News — Microsoft’s Australia Azure East region is currently suffering a major network infrastructure interruption that has left customers unable to connect to their cloud hosted services. The Azure team tweeted a service alert for Australia East at 12:48pm AEST, with a link to its status updates site.
Business Standard — Supporting the Digital India initiative, world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corp today said it will help the government in efforts to “transform” the country through technological innovations. In a video message on the occasion of launch of Digital India week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said technology can support the government’s initiatives in key areas of the programme including rural internet connectivity, digital cloud services for all and communications and productivity services for the government.
Vietnam Net — Ministry of Cultures, Sports and Tourism inspectors and police found In September 2013 that 41 computers at the company were illegally using software of Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and Lac Viet. Trimmers Vietnam admitted wrongdoing and promised to stop using the pirated products. It also committed to compensation and damage management. The company has done nothing about the problem.
India Times — MUMBAI: Software major Microsoft today said it will commission three “hyper-scale” data centres in India before the end of this year. “Microsoft has already started a private preview of these data centres with over 100 existing customers on board across different segments such as banking and financial institutions, government, manufacturing and start-ups,” Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told PTI here today.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Wipro chairman Azim Premji will be among 400 corporate honchos who will attend the launch of the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative on July 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the logo for the Rs 1.13 lakh crore project using a laser beam in front of an audience of about 10,000 people.
Digital News Asia — IF there is one thing that isn’t a problem for startups under the care of Microsoft Ventures’ accelerator programme in Beijing, it’s funding. Or so says Frances Du, director of the software giant’s startup investment and accelerator arm in the Greater China Region, speaking to the media during a recent familiarisation tour hosted at the company’s office in Beijing.
Ageing and limited infrastructure combined with tightened budgets continue to challenge businesses. As such, many have moved on to virtualisation, consolidation, automation and Cloud Computing. Employers are benefitting from the increased efficiency and productivity, from the mobility they now enjoy with BYOD. Everyone’s talking about the Cloud and it’s obvious why. The depreciating Malaysian ringgit, the new fiscal deficit target, sliding oil prices and expectations of US interest rate hike all point to a critical need for increased cost efficiency.
For those of us who dwell in urban populated areas, the occurrence of noise congestion can sometimes become a mere backdrop in our living conditions, like a soundtrack to a movie. The longer we live in an area, the more adept we become at dealing with the noise. However, studies are showing that noise pollution ranks among the most pervasive forms of harm against a persons well being. An overexposure to the drudgery of noise pollution can manifest itself in the harmful deterioration of mental and physical well-being of residents, according to an article in the Environmental Health Perspectives (ehp).