Microsoft targeted in Chinese government inquiry

Microsoft disclosed in a statement that China is investigating the company in an antitrust probe after China government officials paid unexpected visits to the software firm’s offices. Representatives from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which is responsible for enforcing business laws, made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. In a statement released by Microsoft the company said it was working with officials, ”We will actively cooperate with the government department’s investigation and answer related questions.”

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390396,microsoft-targeted-in-chinese-government-inquiry.aspx

Xbox One Starts China Sales Via JD.com’s Social Media Channels

With a newly-minted IPO under its belt, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc. announced today that is now taking pre-orders for Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30, 2014, through JD.com’s Mobile QQ and WeChat entry points. On July 31, the JD.com website and JD.com’s exhibition booth at the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai will also begin taking pre-orders.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/28/20765-xbox-one-starts-china-sales-via-jd-coms-social-media-channels

China Telecom to Exclusively Distribute Xbox One in September

Starting September, China Telecom will start selling Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console in China. China Telecom’s plan of distributing the Xbox One is to seek growth from their value-added services. On the other hand, Microsoft’s branch in China wants a significant move to break into the world’s largest consumer-electronics market. China recently permitted Microsoft to sell its products in China after banning the sale of the Xbox and other video game consoles for a decade.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/4973/20140726/xbox-xbox-one-microsoft-china-telecom-video-game-console-broadband-mobile-carrier-video-game-rpg-microsoft-xbox-one.htm

PlayStation and Xbox butt heads at Hong Kong games fair

HONG KONG: Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong’s comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and PlayStation went head-to-head with their new consoles. The Ani-Com show at the city’s harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured wigs and costumes mimicking their favourite Japanese comic book heroes.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/25/PlayStation-and-Xbox-butt-heads-at-Hong-Kong-games-fair/

New Zealand Govt stuck on Windows XP

New Zealand Governent authorities remain firmly tied to the Windows XP operating system no longer officially supported by Microsoft, new figures show. Opposition party Labour obtained the the figures under the Official Information Act (OIA) from district health boards and ministries, with the documents noting slow progress in migrating to newer versions of Windows, and departments racking up high fees for extended support for XP from Microsoft. There could be well over 40,000 computers running Windows XP in New Zealand Government ministries and district health boards, the documents show.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389174,new-zealand-govt-stuck-on-windows-xp.aspx

Microsoft said to halt Surface Mini production – from Taiwan

Microsoft reportedly has called off a plan to mass produce its small-size Surface Mini tablet because of fierce compeition in the small-size tablet segment, as well as negative responses from its brand vendor clients, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Microsoft has finished developing the Surface Mini and also completed the product tests; however, mass production did not start as scheduled in May, the sources said, adding Microsoft still paid the costs for the module development and production equipment, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140630PD202.html

Lenovo Launches Windows 8.1 OS Powered Yoga 2, Flex 2 Laptops in India; Price, Specifications Details

Top PC maker Lenovo has launched two new generation laptops – Yoga 2 and Flex 2 – in India. The new Yoga 2 convertible ultrabook series comes with a 13.3-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS wide-view touch-screen screen and, as the name suggests, users can flip the laptop a full 360 degrees to fours modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/lenovo-launches-windows-8-1-os-powered-yoga-2-flex-2-laptops-india-price-specifications-details-602508

Microsoft Taiwan, AIC team up on digital learning

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) The American Innovation Center (AIC) teamed up with software giant Microsoft Corp.’s Taiwan branch Tuesday to jointly promote digital learning among Taiwanese young people. The AIC Taiwan is the first of its kind in Asia. It was established by the U.S. Department of State in January this year, offering over 70 courses designed to encourage young people to think innovatively.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201406170029.aspx

Microsoft and Myanmar’s company to provide IT training

The US-based Microsoft Corporation has agreed to work with Myanmar Computer Company to train some 100,000 young people for cloud computing and related information technologies. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding becoming partners in the training programme.  Microsoft Corporation will work together with a Myanmar local company to train at least 100,000 young people in Microsoft’s cloud computing and other latest technologies in the country, according to sources.

http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6453:microsoft-and-myanmar-s-company-to-provide-it-training&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

Open source software ignored by state agencies

Most of the computers at state agencies in Vietnam have been running on Windows operating system. In most cases, they use open source software only if they have financial difficulties. If they get money from the state, they use it to buy closed source software. In fact, many open source software products have been deployed at state agencies since 2001, when the government-initiated Program No 112 on computerizing the state’s administration kicked off.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/104896/open-source-software-ignored-by-state-agencies.html

Dogged by poor orders from Microsoft, Nokia moves to single-shift operation

CHENNAI: Dogged by poor orders from Microsoft, Nokia — a contract manufacturer of mobile handsets for Microsoft-has further reduced its production to a single shift operation at its Sriperumbudur plant. Also, production numbers have hit new lows, union officials said. “Effective June 1, production at the plant is functioning on a single shift basis. Production volumes too are poor at around 40,000 units a shift,” union officials said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/dogged-by-poor-orders-from-microsoft-nokia-moves-to-single-shift-operation/articleshow/36432219.cms

Microsoft Claims WeChat Shuts Down Xiaobing Accounts

Global software giant Microsoft Corp claimed its artificial intelligence chatting robot, Xiaobing, has been blocked by WeChat without prior notice, a move described by the American company as a “brutal murder”. The shutdown of Xiaobing accounts came just six days after Microsoft announced that it had reached an exclusive partnership agreement with WeChat for the Siri-like service that allowed WeChat users access to a social assistant.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/2831/20140602/microsoft-claims-wechat-shuts-down-xiaobing-accounts.htm

Microsoft made a creepy robot that talks to you on WeChat, and Tencent just banned it

Just two days after going live, the WeChat-integrated robot made by Microsoft Asia’s Internet Engineering Academy has been blocked by Tencent. The conversational AI project dubbed Xiaobing functioned as an official account that could be invited to chat with both individuals and groups.

http://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-creepy-robot-talks-wechat-tencent-banned/

Cloud Computing Security Coming to Microsoft Azure

By the end of 2014, Asia-Pacific, or APAC, enterprise customers using Microsoft’s Azure public cloud will be able to connect faster and more securely to the platform by bypassing the public Internet with SingTel’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual private network.  SingTel’s MPLS network will integrate with Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute service to offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security.

http://en.kioskea.net/news/24887-cloud-computing-security-coming-to-microsoft-azure

Oops! Microsoft’s Office 365 may not be a freebie for Thailand schools after all

A massive Office 365 deployment in Thailand schools that Microsoft initially described as free on Wednesday may not be so. Microsoft trumpeted the rollout, which will reach about 8 million students and 400,000 teachers in the Asian country, as the largest to date for Office 365 in the education sector. In the first sentence of the press release, Microsoft stated that the students and teachers under the jurisdiction of Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) would get “free access” to the cloud email and collaboration suite.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/oops-microsofts-office-365-may-not-be-a-freebie-for-thailand-schools-after-all/

Thai students, teachers in all primary, secondary schools to have access to Microsoft 365

Each of Thailand’s eight million primary and secondary school students as well as those schools’ 400,000 teachers will soon have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education. A press statement by Microsoft  (Thailand) Ltd. said this  development is the result of a memorandum of agreement signed between the Thai government’s Office of the Basic Education Commission  (OBEC) and their vendor firm.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/thai-students-teachers-in-all-primary-secondary-schools-to-have-access-to-microsoft-365/

Why did China ban Windows 8?

The Chinese government has decided not to buy Windows 8 for fear that like XP, this product too will be left insecure. But industry observers believe there may be more to the move, reflecting the severe breach in trust between China and the US which became apparent this week when the US government publicly ‘named and shamed’ five Chinese Army officers for allegedly hacking into American companies and stealing their trade secrets.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/386140,why-did-china-ban-windows-8.aspx

MediaTek unlikely to roll out chipset platforms supporting Windows Phone in 2014

MediaTek is unlikely to roll out smartphone chipset platforms supporting Windows Phone in the short term as the Taiwan-based solution vendor has given the priority to ramp up its share in the 4G chipset segment in 2014, according to industry sources. Having established an R&D team of over 10,000 members, MediaTek has been rapidly rolling out quad- and 8-core as well as 4G solutions, also plans to launch two 64-bit CPUs in the third quarter of 2014, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140520PD216.html

SingTel and TelecityGroup enable access to Azure without internet connection

SingTel and TelecityGroup will provide secure and private direct connections into Microsoft’s Azure public cloud solution, as announced at TechEd 2014. The companies, along with AT&T, BT, Equinix, Level3 and Verizon, allow customers to connect Azure and on-premise technologies through the new Azure ExpressRoute offering. Previously, businesses could only use the internet to access Azure, but ExpressRoute (codenamed Golden Gate) allows users to access private and dedicated network connections that don’t use the internet.

http://www.onwindows.com/Article/singtel-and-telecitygroup-enable-access-to-azure-without-internet-connection-23413#.U3IED3BGX2U

Cloud Computing Security Coming to Microsoft Azure – SingTel

By the end of 2014, Asia-Pacific, or APAC, enterprise customers using Microsoft‘s Azure public cloud will be able to connect faster and more securely to the platform by bypassing the public Internet with SingTel’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual private network. SingTel’s MPLS network will integrate with Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute service to offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security.

http://en.kioskea.net/news/24887-cloud-computing-security-coming-to-microsoft-azure