Digitimes Research: Microsoft Mobile exit from feature phone market to benefit white-box makers and Samsung

Samsung Electronics and China-based white-box handset makers will benefit from Microsoft Mobile’s decision to phase out its feature phone business within one and a half years, Digitimes Research believes. Samsung and white-box handset makers have been competing for the orders left out by Microsoft Mobile since the third quarter of 2014, and Digitimes Research estimates that Microsoft Mobile has been shipping about 10-15 million feature phones a month in 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141208PD209.html

Microsoft readies Aussie data centres for Office 365

Microsoft will go live with locally hosted Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online by the end of March 2015. The software-as-a-service applications will be hosted from within Microsoft’s two existing data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, which launched in October to house Azure Australia. According to Microsoft, local hosting will “provide customers with faster performance, offer geo-redundant backup and help address data residency considerations”.

http://www.crn.com.au/News/398614,office-365-to-go-live-from-aussie-data-centres.aspx

Advantech and Microsoft Build Asia’s First IoT-Cloud

Advantech has announced  that it will collaborate with Microsoft to build Asia’s first IoT WISE-Cloud (Wireless IoT Solutions Embedded, WISE) platform. Advantech and Microsoft will jointly develop solutions and products intended for the Internet of Things (IoT) with the aim of establishing a new cloud application model. Chaney Ho, Advantech president, said that in recent years, the applications for IoT have been widely established in people’s daily lives and work. “Advantech has found that the embedded board is at the core IoT and so the development of all types of intelligent systems could naturally be realized for a diverse range of fields,” he said.

http://www.controldesign.com/industrynews/2014/advantech-and-microsoft-build-asias-first-iot-cloud/

Digitimes Research: PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14 million, 11 million respectively in 2015, from TW

There will be 14 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles shipped globally in 2015 to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5 million units and 11 million Xbox One consoles to reach 23.7 million units, according to Digitimes Research. Wii U shipments in 2015 will be two million units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29 million falling behind those of PS4 and Xbox One.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141202PD210.html

Our technology more effective for last-mile connectivity: Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik #cloud #cloudcomputing

NEW DELHI: Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik has taken a pot shot at rivals Google and Facebook over their proposals to tackle the country’s last-mile broadband connectivity problem, and said the technology that the software giant is offering is potentially more effective to take high-speed Internet to remote villages.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/our-technology-more-effective-for-last-mile-connectivity-microsoft-india-chairman-bhaskar-pramanik/articleshow/45313972.cms

Microsoft to pay China $160m for tax evasion

China has levied about 840 million (A$160 million) in back taxes from Microsoft in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on US corporations doing business there. China’s Xinhua official news agency on Sunday reported an unnamed US multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398241,microsoft-to-pay-china-160m-for-tax-evasion.aspx

Inventec plans to launch cloud computing services via cooperation with Microsoft

Inventec is talking with Microsoft about cooperation to integrate Microsoft-developed cloud computing software with Inventec hardware to launch related services in 2015, with target users to be small-to-medium-size enterprises in Taiwan and China, according to the company, adding that Inventec is setting up a data center in Taipei which, in addition to its in-house needs, will host an extra 20 server racks available for outside users.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141119PD208.html

Microsoft to invest Rs 1,400 crore in India cloud data centres

BENGALURU: Seeing a $2 trillion promise in India’s cloud market, Microsoft has decided to spend Rs 1,400 crore on setting up three data centres in the country. In a filing with the Registrar of Companies, the US software giant said it has started work on setting up the cloud data centres in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. The company is setting up local centres in a bid to capture the India market, especially customers in the banking and telecom industries, which have had data sovereignty concerns.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-to-invest-rs-1400-crore-in-india-cloud-data-centres/articleshow/45129548.cms

Microsoft And AWS Pass Singapore Security Standard

Microsoft has received the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure cloud platform and Office 365 family of Web services. It is chasing Amazon, which has already received the higher level-3 certification for its Amazon Web Services (AWS). A cloud security standard, MTCS SS was developed by the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) in Singapore and published in November 2013.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/11/microsoft-and-aws-pass-singapore-security-standard

Samsung says Microsoft deal invites charges of collusion

Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, according to a court filing. The filing stems from Microsoft Corp’s lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone  company Samsung still owes US$6.9mil (RM22.8mil) in interest on more than US$1bil (RM3.3bil) in patent royalties it delayed paying.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/03/Samsung-says-Microsoft-deal-invites-charges-of-collusion/

Microsoft eyes important role in Digital India mission, aims to widen Internet reach in rural areas

NEW DELHI: After Facebook, Microsoft now wants to play a big role in taking the ‘last mile’ of broadband connections to remote and inaccessible parts of India and providing access to high-speed Internet.  The US software giant, headed by Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, has proposed to the telecom department the deployment of its TV White-Space technology for a pilot project in Bangalore.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/microsoft-eyes-important-role-in-digital-india-mission-aims-to-widen-internet-reach-in-rural-areas/articleshow/45017144.cms

Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 achieve cloud security standard for Singapore

Microsoft announced today that it has achieved the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard for Singapore (MTCS SS) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure and Office 365. This Level 1 certification was granted to Microsoft to operate an Information Security Management System for Microsoft Azure and Office 365 cloud services including development, operations and support for the compute, storage, virtual network and virtual machines services.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/microsofts-azure-and-office-365-achieve-cloud-security-standard-for-singapore/

Microsoft offers dedicated fibre connections to Aussie Azure cloud

Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397190,microsoft-offers-dedicated-fibre-connections-to-aussie-azure-cloud.aspx

Microsoft confirms Australian Azure launch

Microsoft today confirmed the long-awaited arrival of its Azure cloud service in Australia, announcing general availability from its Sydney and Melbourne data centres as of next week. The company first revealed it would bring Azure to Australian shores a year and a half ago, but has consistently declined to provide an availability date beyond “the end of 2014″.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396970,microsoft-confirms-australian-azure-launch.aspx

As US tech takes China hit, software maker part-owned by Microsoft leaps ahead

BEIJING – Although Microsoft Corp is among US technology firms caught up in Chinese security worries and antitrust probes, a local software company in which the Seattle giant is a strategic investor is riding high on the growth of cloud computing. The chief executive of ChinaSoft International Ltd , 5 per cent-owned by Microsoft, says that’s more down to native firms latching on to global trends like the cloud, than Beijing policies cutting into orders from state enterprises for foreign players’ goods.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/us-tech-takes-china-hit-software-maker-part-owned-microsoft-leaps-ahead

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, backs off ‘karma’ advice to women about pay

One hundred and forty characters weren’t enough space for Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, to backpedal from comments he made at a women-in-computing conference, so he took to his firm’s website. “Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong,” Nadella said in an email to all Microsoft employees, which was posted to the site.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/557131/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-backs-off-karma-advice-women-about-pay/

Microsoft to deliver cloud services from India, could give it edge over Google, AWS

Satya Nadella had a busy schedule during his first visit to India about a week ago as Microsoft’s CEO. One of the key announcements he made was about Microsoft’s decision to deliver its flagship cloud services, Office 365, and Azure from local data centers in India. Global presence is important for cloud providers to drive customer adoption. While there are concerns around latency and performance of hosting applications in remote data centers, data sovereignty matters the most for many enterprises.

http://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-offer-cloud-services-local-data-center-india/

Microsoft’s India revenue doubles; PAT at Rs 96.85 crore

NEW DELHI: Microsoft’s revenue in India more than doubled last year, helped by users upgrading their Windows operating systems with bundled Office offerings, and the company sold products and licences worth Rs 1,973.94 crore in the country, according to a filing at the Registrar of Companies. Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited (MCIPL), which markets and sells Microsoft products in India, said overall revenue in the country grew toRs 2,245 crore in 2013 from Rs 1,003.4 crore a year earlier. “Access across devices is important. .

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/microsofts-india-revenue-doubles-pat-at-rs-96-85-crore/articleshow/44730078.cms

Microsoft crowns Azure ready for Aus govt workloads

Microsoft has moved to win the favour of Australian government agencies by volunteering to have its Azure cloud service assessed against the Australian Signals Directorate’s information security manual (ISM). Microsoft employed ASD-accredited assessor Foresight Consulting to complete an Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) compliance assessment (i.e. audit) of Azure for storage and transmission of unclassified data by Australian Government agencies.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396470,microsoft-crowns-azure-ready-for-aus-govt-workloads.aspx

Digitimes Research: Microsoft new inexpensive solution for 2015 may not help on competition with Chromebook, from Taiwan

Microsoft, which launched Windows 8.1 with Bing for US$249 notebooks, has recently decided to continue pushing the solution in 2015, but with some modifications on specifications and applicable markets, looking to suppress Chromebooks which have been achieving rapid growth recently. Because of the two product lines’ different market positions and value created for the market, Digitimes Research believes Windows 8.1 with Bing will hurt brand vendors’ profits more than its effect on suppressing Chromebook growth.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD207.html