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

Philippine Airlines deploys Microsoft Office 365

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken  to cloud computing with its deployment of the Microsfot Office 365 suite of office automation applications for use by its employees. A press statement by the Seattle, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. said the deployment makes PAL part of the list of at least 10 other airlines in the Asia Pacific now using the Office 365 cloud computing suite. A few other airlines in Asia using the suite are Quantas Airways, Japan Airlines and Tiger Airways.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/philippine-airlines-deploys-microsoft-office-365/

Microsoft’s Pocket Friendly $25 Phone for Asia and Africa

Software maker Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) unveiled a new ultra affordable Nokia ( NOK ) mobile phone, Nokia 130, intended for the entry-level market. The Nokia 130 will be priced at $25 and will be available in the third quarter in different markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and Vietnam.  The latest move will help Microsoft broaden its footprint in the fast-growing entry-level mobile phone market. It will help the software maker target first-time smartphone buyers globally.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/microsofts-pocket-friendly-25-phone-for-asia-and-africa-analyst-blog-cm379437

MICROSOFT WOES | ‘Naked PCs’ lay bare software giant’s emerging markets problem

On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. The official asked the interpreter to double check Gates’ reply as he couldn’t believe the figure was so low. It’s a problem that hasn’t gone away. Indeed, Microsoft’s current issues in China conceal a deeper problem for the U.S. software giant – despite the popularity of its Windows operating system and Office suite, few people in emerging markets are willing to pay for legitimate copies.

http://www.interaksyon.com/infotech/microsoft-woes–naked-pcs-lay-bare-software-giants-emerging-markets-problem

Microsoft may become first MNC to set up cloud data centre in India

BANGALORE: Microsoft said it is considering setting up its first data centre in India — the fastest growing cloud market for the software giant. The company will become the first multinational to set up a data centre in the country if the plans fructify.  “We are considering a data centre in India. There are a lot of different companies that are looking at cloud right now, in anticipation that Microsoft will somehow figure out how to get that work,” said Jim Dubois, corporate VP and CIO ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/microsoft-may-become-first-mnc-to-set-up-cloud-data-centre-in-india/articleshow/39718513.cms

Chinese employees at Microsoft’s Nokia arm protest mass layoffs

BEIJING: “Hundreds” of Chinese employees at Microsoft Corp’s Nokia phone business protested on Friday against mass layoffs that the US tech company announced last month, according to an employee present and pictures posted on social media networks.  Protesters held banners and shouted slogans against “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and violent layoffs” for five hours until “they had sore throats,” said the employee who participated in the demonstration and so declined to be identified.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/04/Chinese-employees-at-Microsofts-Nokia-arm-protest-mass-layoffs/

Microsoft sues Samsung in US, alleging contract breach

NEW YORK – Microsoft sued Samsung in US federal court, claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over licensing of technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. “After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft,” the US technology firm’s deputy counsel said in an online post.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423723/microsoft-sues-samsung-in-us-alleging-contract-breach

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