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

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/