Microsoft CEO charts future in the cloud, from Japan

JapanNikkei — TOKYO — Microsoft is transitioning from a device-centric company to an enterprise centered on a unified, cloud-based Windows platform, CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday. The U.S. computing giant will draw on rich experience in corporate information technology solutions to partner with companies in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence and the “internet of things,” he told The Nikkei during a visit to Japan. Nadella took the wheel at Microsoft in February 2014.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Microsoft-CEO-charts-future-in-the-cloud

Cloud is a paradigm, not a place, said Microsoft

APACMIS Asia — Today’s cloud computing pace is moving at an accelerated rate – we see a shift in traditional computing that gives businesses on-demand access to a variety of software and services while giving IT a shared pool of configurable computing resources at the platform, infrastructure and application layers.

http://www.mis-asia.com/blogs/blogs/cloud-is-a-paradigm-not-a-place/

China’s latest censorship target: cloud storage

ChinaTech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-cloud-storage-crackdown-vdisk

Microsoft Cloud comes to South Korea

KoreaDatacenter Dynamics — Microsoft has announced plans to deliver cloud services from two new data center regions in South Korea, which include a facility based in the capital of Seoul. This news comes as part of a larger update, which also includes delivery of Microsoft Azure from local data centers located in Toronto and Quebec City, and the availability of data residency for Office 365 for business customers in Canada.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/colo-cloud-/microsoft-cloud-comes-to-south-korea/96186.fullarticle

Microsoft Corporation To Expand Cloud Coverage In South Korea

KoreaStocks Daily — Microsoft Corporation will soon offer cloud coverage in South Korea. The announcement was made through a blog post by Takeshi Numoto, CVP of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise. According to Numoto, Microsoft has invested $15 billion in improving their cloud infrastructure and services. As such, one of the developments from this investment is the establishment of a new datacenter region in Seoul.

http://www.stocksdaily.net/microsoft-corporation-nasdaqmsft-to-expand-cloud-coverage-in-south-korea/93863/

Busan City to House Subsea Data Center of Microsoft

KoreaBusiness Korea — Microsoft Korea CEO Ko Soon-dong had a press conference in Seoul on May 11 and announced that Microsoft would provide more stable and fast cloud computing services by opening new data centers in Seoul and Busan early next year with demands for cloud computing services on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region including South Korea. 

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/ict/14654-cloud-data-center-busan-city-house-subsea-data-center-microsoft

Microsoft To Shut Down MSN China From Next Month, To Focus On Other Verticals

ChinaThe Tech Portal — Microsoft is closing down MSN China, its web portal for the internet censored country. While the company says that it’s doing this to bring down more of its focus on some of its other services, this also marks the end of an 11-year-old legacy for Microsoft in the country.

http://thetechportal.in/2016/05/10/microsoft-shutting-down-msnchina/

Bharti Airtel bolsters cloud capabilities with Microsoft partnership

IndiaBusiness Cloud News — Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of Connexion as well as a new collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Azure ExpressRoute to Indian businesses. The new Connexion service is designed to maximize network performance over the cloud, whereas Azure ExpressRoute ensures a more secure and scalable connection between enterprises, cloud service providers, and data centre partners, through using a private connection as opposed to public internet.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2016/05/09/bharti-airtel-bolsters-cloud-capabilities-with-microsoft-partnership/

Hacking group “PLATINUM” used Windows’ own patching system against it

APACars technica — Microsoft’s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Hunting team works to track down and identify hacking groups that perpetrate attacks. The focus is on the groups that are the most selective about their targets and that work the hardest to stay undetected. The company wrote today about one particular group that it has named PLATINUM.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/04/hacking-group-platinum-used-windows-own-patching-system-against-it/

Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for Maps in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.

IHS: IBM leads global SaaS cloud service market

APACTelecom Asia — IBM currently leads the SaaS cloud service market, while Amazon leads the global cloud infrastructure market (IaaS, CaaS, PaaS) in 2015, according to a new report by research firm IHS. According to the report, Salesforce ranked the second in the SaaS cloud service market with 8% of market share, while Microsoft and Oracle had 6% and 3%. SAP had just 2% share in the global SaaS cloud service market.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ihs-ibm-leads-global-saas-cloud-service-market

AWS is still biggest cloud services provider; trailed by Microsoft, IBM and Google

APACNetworks Asia — Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud infrastructure services market with a 31% worldwide market share, dwarfing the chasing pack, according to new Q1 data from Synergy Research Group. The big three followers – Microsoft, IBM and Google – in aggregate accounted for 22% of the market, while the next 20 top-ranked cloud providers accounted for another 27%.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/aws-still-biggest-cloud-services-provider-trailed-microsoft-ibm-and-google.1462225635

Microsoft’s latest security report finds that vulnerbility disclosures are on the up

APACThe Inquirer — The Security Intelligence Report (SIR. ) is out now and shows that threats are not going away, but also that when they come, Microsoft is usually in a place to deal with themTim Rains, director of security at Microsoft, said that this 20th issuance adds new features, these being a focus on a new attack group called PLATINUM which is posing a problem, and a new section dedicated to tackling password protection in the cloud.

Microsoft Launches the Biggest Developer Event in Asia, Taking IoT Development in Taiwan to New Heights

TaiwanPRNewswire — TAIPEI:  A memorandum of understanding on establishing an “IoT Industry Development Center” was inked in October of 2015 between Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan and Microsoft, to effectively integrate global and local partners in the ecosystem and accelerate the processes of developing IoT solutions.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/microsoft-launches-the-biggest-developer-event-in-asia-taking-iot-development-in-taiwan-to-new-heights-300253810.html

Microsoft quarterly profit down 25% to US$3.8b

APACChannel News Asia — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft on Thursday (Apr 21) reported a 25 per cent plunge in quarterly profits as the company navigated away from its role as a software seller to a services model. Shares in Microsoft, once the world’s largest company, were down 4.3 per cent in after-hours trade following the results, which were weaker than expectations.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/microsoft-quarterly/2720838.html

Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

APACYahoo — SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District of Washington, argues that the government is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from notifying thousands of customers about government requests for their emails and other documents.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-sues-u-government-over-160113003.html

Microsoft tries to upgrade local software developers

TaiwanChina Post — TAIPEI: Microsoft is scheduled to kick off a conference for software, app and data developers in Taipei on April 19, with the goal of helping them acquire new concepts and technologies. The DevDays Asia 2016 @Taipei is being organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA’s) Industrial Development Bureau and will be hosted jointly by Microsoft and MOEA’s Digital Content Industry Promotion Office.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2016/04/12/463207/Microsoft-tries.htm

Zone Telecom partners AliCloud, Microsoft, expands cloud services suite

SingaporeNetworks Asia — ZONE Telecom Pte Ltd (ZONE) has partnered with Cloud Service Providers (CSP), AliCloud and Microsoft, to expand its suite of cloud solutions to cater to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore, as well as to reach out to larger international markets.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/zone-telecom-partners-alicloud-microsoft-expands-cloud-services-suite.1460372872

Microsoft helping Indian healthcare providers adapt cloud, analytics

IndiaPUNE: Microsoft is helping healthcare providers in India adapt IT tools like cloud, analytics and machine learning as the industry seeks to counter escalating costs of delivering services amid growing demand for better experience from patients. “Healthcare institutions are aiming to adopt a data-driven approach to address and extract insights from the huge amounts of structured and unstructured data,” Peter Gartenberg, GM-enterprise and partner group at Microsoft India, told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/microsoft-helping-indian-healthcare-providers-adapt-cloud-analytics/articleshow/51786270.cms

Microsoft gives a helping hand to Vietnam’s fight against cybercrime

VietnamVietnam Net — Vietnam, which is increasing its investments in IT Infrastructure, consumption and modernisation of businesses, banking  and finance industry, and government departments and public services, is increasingly facing the cybercrime attacks and threats, unless cybersecurity is given a comprehensive attention.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/154472/microsoft-gives-a-helping-hand-to-vietnam-s-fight-against-cybercrime.html

HCM City to cooperate with Microsoft in technology application

VietnamVietnam Net — At the event, Secretary Thang said HCM City and Microsoft should cooperate in information technology in various fields, such as smart traffic management, anti-flooding and anti-crime programmes, and food safety. He also asked the company to support the city as it develops e-government, bringing about great change in local governance and administrative offices.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/154347/hcm-city-to-cooperate-with-microsoft-in-technology-application.html

Nintex harnesses Azure Japan data center for growth

JapanDatacenter News — Nintex has signed on to deploy and operate its cloud-based services within Microsoft’s Azure Japan data center, to support increased cloud adoption in Asia Pacific. The workflow automation vendor says operating within the Microsoft Azure Japan data center will provide Nintex end users in Japan with greater uptime, enhanced data security and more bandwidth, enabling more effective response, management and scaling of Nintex Workflow for Office 365 deployments and migration from Workflow for SharePoint to cloud or hybrid scenarios.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/nintex-harnesses-azure-japan-data-center-growth/

Microsoft made a version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government

ChinaTech in Asia — If you’re looking to grab Windows 10, there are a lot of versions to choose from: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile, etc. Now it looks like we can add a new one to the list: Windows 10 Chinese Government Edition. That’s not the real name – it’s called Windows 10 Zhuangongban, or “Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition” – but Microsoft really has made a version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government, according to a report in Chinese magazine Caixin.

https://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-version-windows-10-chinese-government

Meet Tay, Microsoft’s new AI chat bot

APACMIS Asia  — Attention all 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S.: Tay is online now, and she wants to chat with you. That, at least, is according to a new Web page for the artificially intelligent bot, which was created by Microsoft to learn more about how people converse. The bot is now on hand to chat with you on Twitter as well as Kik and GroupMe; it’s also on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The more you chat with it, the smarter it gets, Microsoft says, leading to a personalized experience.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/emerging-technology/meet-tay-microsofts-new-ai-chat-bot/

Google to increase number of global cloud regions to challenge Amazon and Microsoft

APACV3 — Google is embarking on an ambitious plan to expand the footprint of its Google Cloud Platform, announcing the first two of more than 10 additional regions around the globe as the firm tries to catch up with rivals such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The first two additional regions – US Western in Oregon and East Asia in Tokyo – are due to become operational later this year.

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2452227/google-to-increase-number-of-global-cloud-regions-to-challenge-amazon-and-microsoft

Microsoft’s Power BI hits 5 million subscribers, adds deeper Excel integration

APACMIS Asia — Microsoft’s cloud-based business intelligence service is celebrating a major user growth milestone with a handful of new features, including the ability to import data from an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into live-updating charts and graphs.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/applications/microsofts-power-bi-hits-5-million-subscribers-adds-deeper-excel-integration/

Microsoft delivers enterprise-class ERP to the cloud

APACNetworks Asia— Microsoft Corp. has announced that its next-generation cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, built on and for Microsoft Azure, is now available in 137 markets in 40 languages. “Customers from around the world are using the cloud in incredible ways to accelerate and transform their business,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/microsoft-delivers-enterprise-class-erp-cloud.1458487111

Microsoft’s Korea Cybersecurity Center to advance fight against cyberthreats

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — Microsoft recently opened its new Cybersecurity Center (CSC) in Korea, which is envisioned to drive greater public-private partnerships to fight cybercrime and strengthen the cooperation with local businesses, governmental and academic organizations on cybersecurity.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/microsofts-korea-cybersecurity-center-advance-fight-against-cyberthreats-589929705

Asia Pacific Cloud Adoption Grows Through Japan Datacenter From Nintex

JapanJknus — Nintex, in cooperation with Microsoft, will deploy and operate its cloud-based services within the Microsoft Azure Japan datacenter to ensure greater reliability, security, scalability, and sustainability of its software for customers and partners doing business in Asia Pacific. “Microsoft has invested $15 billion in its global datacenter infrastructure which it has managed for more than a quarter of a century,” said Nintex CEO John Burton.

http://en.jknus.com/articles/2446/20160311/asia-pacific-cloud-adoption-grows-through-japan-datacenter-nintex.htm

GoDaddy brings cloud SMB services to Asia, but not China yet

APACZDNet — GoDaddy has extended its cloud-based offerings for small businesses to 11 markets in Asia, but is still holding back on China until it figures out the best way to address the potentially lucrative market. The Arizona, US-based vendor this week launched in several Asian economies including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan, offering support for local customers as well as languages.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/godaddy-brings-cloud-smb-services-to-asia-but-not-china-yet/