ZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.
MIS Asia — Bhutan Telecom has partnered Microsoft and HP to offer businesses hosted cloud services. “This partnership with Microsoft and HP is not only transformative for Bhutan Telecom in enabling us to diversify our products and service, it is also a potential driver of Bhutan’s economic growth. With our new hosted cloud, we can further help our customers become even more competitive and agile,” said Tshewang Gyeltshen, Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Telecom.
Hostre View — Datapipe, a leading provider of managed hosting and cloud services for the enterprise, has teamed up with Microsoft to drive the ease of cloud adoption among businesses in Hong Kong and broader Asia-Pacific. Datapipe has been recognized by Microsoft as a Direct Partner in its Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Program in Hong Kong. This makes Datapipe one of only four Direct CSP Partners in Hong Kong.
Hindustan Times — Facebook, Microsoft and Google have agreed to work with Bangladesh government over “inappropriate contents” on the Internet, the Parliament was told today amidst a series of brutal killings by Islamists of secular bloggers and minorities.
MIS Asia — Microsoft is enriching campus experience for Singapore’s PSB Academy by delivering its cloud-based productivity suite. The education institution for tertiary and university studies has deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 to ramp up its productivity and inventiveness in serving its students and prospects.
In Serbia — BELGRADE – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has purchased 1,500 patents from Microsoft, as part of an effort by Chinese companies to acquire intellectual property rights in preparation for expansion into overseas markets. In exchange Microsoft-owned software will be bundled on Xiaomi phones. Ningling Wang, a partner in Shanghai with the law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, said the Xiaomi Microsoft deal may indicate that Xiaomi intends to sell phones to American consumers.
MIS Asia — Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that allows federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on their cloud-computing services. The AWS GovCloud, Microsoft’s Azure GovCloud, and CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS have received provisional authority to offer services under the high baseline of the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a set of security standards for cloud services.
Networks Asia — If you think of LinkedIn as a social network or an online recruitment service, then you may well be scratching your head about why Microsoft would spend more on it than it has on any other acquisition. But consider that Microsoft has a graph that covers how you’re connected to people by email, documents, messages, meetings and address books, while LinkedIn has a graph that covers jobs, skills, colleagues, and professional connections.
BD Live — SINGAPORE — Software maker Microsoft is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi, a rare departure for the US company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets.
Kathmandu Post — Jun 11, 2016- Microsoft has ranked Nepal as the fourth most malware infection prone country in Asia Pacific region. Pakistan tops the list followed by Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal respectively. Microsoft Asia recently announced the launch of its Malware Infection Index 2016 (MII2016) which is said to determine the key malicious software threats in the Asia-Pacific region and ranks the market in the region based on how prone they are to the malware threats.
Telecom Asia — The Internet of Things is arguably at the peak of the hype cycle, but while much of the discussion is focused on the “things” themselves or the networks required to connect them, the real value of the IoT will come from the cloud and data analytics behind the scenes.
WSJ — Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft Corp., has been one of the biggest change agents at the Redmond, Wash.-based tech titan since Chief Executive Satya Nadella brought her on board in 2014. Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor in Chief Rebecca Blumenstein spoke with her about the company’s push for partnerships and its plans for Asia. Edited excerpts follow.
MIS Asia — Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been offered a Digital Transformation path through cloud and productivity solutions provider Microsoft’s new ‘Tech4Good’ initiative. During the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft Malaysia’s managing director K Raman said Tech4Good offered a platform for NGOs to have access to world-class solutions and technology that would support their efforts in serving their communities, including youth, women, undocumented children and persons with disabilities.
Straits Times — On Thursday (May 26), Microsoft and Facebook announced that they will be building a high-speed Internet sub-sea cable that will connect the United States and southern Europe across the Atlantic, in order to meet growing demands for faster and more reliable services. Microsoft’s cloud services such as Skype, Xbox Live, Office 365, search engine Bing and its cloud computing platform Azure will benefit from the construction of this cable.
Business Review Europe — Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic, connecting America to Spain. The new “MAREA” cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.
India Today — On a cloudy Monday morning in Delhi, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who can’t stop emphasising the potential and opportunities of cloud computing, said it was time to “celebrate the technology that India creates”. “It is not about celebrating our own technology, it is about celebrating the technology that India creates. I want us to be the platform to foster the ingenuity of the people of India,” said the Microsoft CEO.
China Post — SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced they will work together to lay a high-speed internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A new, sub-sea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.
Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the internet in remote parts of the world, although it’s taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.
As more services move to the cloud, online giants are building more data centers to keep up. Every Netflix video we stream and every Uber ride we order goes through a massive compute farm somewhere. On Thursday, Microsoft said it will step up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment. That means using more wind, solar, and hydropower to generate electricity.
The Verge — Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system.
Bangkok Post — Thailand remains one of Microsoft Corporation’s main growth drivers in Asia-Pacific with a strong foundation of outstanding IT developers, says chief executive Satya Nadella. Speaking at a forum in Bangkok yesterday, the boss of the Washington-based software giant outlined his visions of the group’s new computing paradigm in a drive to court local developers and more businesses to build their own software on its cloud and Windows operating platforms.
Nikkei — 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.
MIS 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.
Tech 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.
Datacenter 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.
Stocks 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.
Business 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.
The 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.
Business 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.
ars 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.