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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft Beijing Accelerator the 7th batch Demo Day

China.gifPRNewswire — BEIJING: 18 Startup teams from the 7th batch of Microsoft Beijing Accelerator presented their innovations on the Demo Day stage, which displayed the scalability and verity of the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship that Microsoft has been investing. Microsoft executives, accelerator alumni, hundreds of investors, journalists from more than 100media companies, and other industry insiders attended the event.

Ex-Samsung CEO named MS Korea chief

KoreaKorea Times — Alfred S. Koh, a former CEO of Samsung SDS, has been appointed to the top position of Microsoft (MS) Korea. Announcing the appointment on Monday, the U.S.-based software tech giant said that it expects its new MS Korea CEO to make efforts to foster innovation and bring global changes to the Korean unit.

Indian IT major HCL teams up with Microsoft to launch IoT incubation centre

IndiaDeal Street Asia — HCL Technologies Ltd, India’s fourth largest software services exporter, on Monday said it will launch an incubation centre for the Internet of Things in partnership with Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. The aim is to build advanced solutions based on machine-to-machine (M-2-M) technology, in areas such as industrial manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare.

Digitalizing teamwork to transform customer care in the insurance industry

Hong KongNetworks Asia — When I joined AIA two years ago, we were already dealing with a growing trend in the insurance industry: the digitalization of the customer journey. Increased expectations for online services and more immediate, targeted customer response are not new in this Internet age.

Microsoft buys technology from Event Zero to improve Skype for Business

AustraliaMIS Asia — Microsoft has acquired some technology assets from Australian company Event Zero to improve the management capabilities of its Skype for Business VoIP product. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, weren’t disclosed. According to a Microsoft blog post, Event Zero’s UC Commander technology will be used to add diagnostics and troubleshooting capabilities to the Skype for Business management console, so that administrators can better support their users.

AIA Group boosts employee collaboration with Office 365

Hong KongOn Windows — Asia Pacific-based insurance provider AIA Group has boosted employee collaboration and significantly improved customer service by migrating more than 20,000 employees to Microsoft Office 365 and Azure. AIA worked with the Microsoft Consulting Services team to replace five separate business productivity tools – each supported by a different vendor – with Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite and better support teams in 18 different markets.

Microsoft launches Surface Pro 4 in India

IndiaBusiness Standard — Software giant Microsoft India on Thursday launched Surface Pro 4 — its most awaited slim and light Windows 10-based tablet-cum-laptop with pixel sense technology. “Surface Pro 4 is designed to reinvent personal computing. It is a highly prolific and versatile device that will push the limits of performance and productivity in the most elegant way,” Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India, said at the launch.

Microsoft criticises India’s cloud policy

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft has criticized the Centre’s proposal to empanel a set of cloud service providers for rendering government services, with Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of the Indian unit of the American technology company telling ET in an interview that smaller vendors may not have the scale and capability to run complex projects that big players such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon do.

Microsoft to set up Centre of Excellence in Visakhapatnam, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government today said Microsoft India will be setting up a Centre of Excellence in Visakhapatnam as part of its digital inclusion drive in the state, besides sharpening focus on raising productivity. The technology giant signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government in deployment and use of information and communications technologies to offer better citizen services in the state, an official release said.

Taiwan market: Taiwan Secom provides retail management services via cooperation with Microsoft

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan Secom, the largest residential/commercial security service provider in Taiwan, on December announced cooperation with Microsoft to provide cloud-based management services to retail operators. Services mainly include predicting fluctuations in customers and merchandise sales using Microsoft Azure to analyze data collected using Asustek Computer point of sale devices and tablets.

China unveils its first ROBOT weather presenter: Microsoft’s Xiaoice has become an instant TV personality

ChinaDaily Mail — Xiaoice is Microsoft’s latest piece of artificial intelligence. She has a ‘cute’ voice, can instantly comment on weather data and big news events, and now, she has a job on morning TV. The Chinese live program, ‘Morning News,’ introduced the AI on Tuesday, making Xiaoice the first robot to take on a job of this kind. Her voice sounds more like a human’s than any other AI’s to date, and Xioice’s success now has people questioning the future of their careers.

Joining Hands with Microsoft Xiaoice, Dragon TV Launches First AI Program Ever

ChinaPRNewswire : SHANGHAI: Some of you might have already had affective interactions with Xiaoice, a software program with artificial intelligence, via such platforms as WeChat, Weibo, and so forth. From Dec.22, you will see her even on TV screens, as it has been jointly announced by Microsoft Applications & Services Group East Asia and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) TV News Center that Xiaoice has joined “Morning News”, a morning live TV programme on Dragon TV, hosting everyday weather forecast as a trainee anchor.

Smartron India to Manufacture Smartphones & Hybrid Windows Tablets with Foxconn in India

IndiaPhone Radar — Smartron India, a technology startup based out of Bengaluru, India is all set to manufacture consumer electronics and IoT devices. The company will be partnering with Foxconn for the manufacturing the devices while the remaining aspects of the product will be under the control of Smartron. The list of devices to be manufactured includes Smartphones, Tablets, Ultrabooks, IoT devices.