Times of India — NEW DELHI: Indian consumer electronics company Micromax has added yet another entry-level laptop to its Lapbook series with the launch of the Canvas Lapbook L1160. Made in association with Microsoft and Intel, the L1160 is priced at Rs 10,499. The laptop will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting May 4.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Gartner said shipments of personal computers in India grew nearly 11% in the fourth-quarter, but the research firm added that it does not see significant growth in the market going forward. PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2.6 million units, Gartner said. The research firm showed that Lenovo increased its share of the market to 25.3% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from 18% a year ago.
Business 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.
Phone 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.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Microsoft India plans to sign a 4G data-bundling pact with India’s No. 1 carrier Bharti Airtel to encourage the latter’s customers to buy the recently launched Lumia 4G smartphones, a top company executive told ET. Once the deal is formalised, Airtel 4G customers purchasing the Lumia 950 or 950 XL will get free data bundled with the devices, which run on the Windows 10 operating system.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: For those in India waiting for low-cost Lumia smartphones that come packed with New-Age Windows 10, there is still some time as the company is now focussed on re-branding and launching new generation smartphones to take on big players, a top Microsoft executive has said.
Bloomberg — Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Communications Ltd. said it has signed a non-binding pact to sell its cellular towers across India to private equity firms Tillman Global Holdings LLC and TPG Asia Inc. in a bid to pare its debt. The wireless operator, which has 43,379 towers across India, will transfer these assets from its subsidiary Reliance Infratel Ltd. into a separate special unit that will be fully owned by the two private equity firms, according to an exchange filing.
Tech in Asia — Xiaomi’s latest tablet, the Mi Pad 2, is thinner than its predecessor, features a full-metal body, and will even be capable of running Windows 10, the company announced at an event today in Beijing. The Mi Pad 2 will be available with 16 and 64 gigabytes of storage, and features a 7.9-inch screen, an Intel X5 quad-core processor, and USB type-C charging.
Digi Times — Global notebook shipments (not including detachable 2-in-1 products), are expected to drop 17.5% on year and 5.3% sequentially in the fourth quarter as most notebook vendors already completed their inventory preparation for the year-end holiday sales in the third quarter and are still conservative about overall demand in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Digitimes Research quarterly notebook report.
Digi Times — Microsoft has raised its Surface Pro 2-in-1s’ monthly shipments to 500,000 units for the fourth quarter, up 60% from 300,000 units originally to prepare for the year-end holiday sales, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain. Surface Pro 4’s manufacturer Pegatron Technology is expected to benefit from the increasing orders.
ZDNet — Microsoft and LG Electronics announced on Wednesday a new partnership to develop the Windows Operating system for IoT devices. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, was at LG’s headquarters in Seoul for an LG hardware event, where LG unveiled a battalion of new devices running Windows 10. The collaboration on Internet of Things devices is the latest in a slew of recent LG-Microsoft match-ups.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft is building a pipeline of fourth-generation smartphones to be launched in India around the year-end, and is banking on Windows 10-based devices to make a mark in the highly competitive mobile market where it is rapidly losing ground.
Digi Times — According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer refreshed its entry-level notebook lineup Tuesday with two models powered by the Windows 10 operating system, as part of efforts to develop its cloud computing business. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 feature a fan-less design of just 17.9mm thick, while the 11-inch model weighs just 1.15kg and the 14-inch model weighs in at 1.6kg.
IT News — The federal government will spend just over $11 million to keeping four of Canberra’s largest agencies using the now out-of-support Windows Server 2003 operating system. It has signed a two-year deal with Microsoft that will cover the costs of custom support licences at the Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration.
IT News — Victorian government agencies have committed to spend $4.4 million in the next year on Windows Server 2003 custom support after failing to migrate off the operating system before Microsoft stopped supporting the product this week. State IT service provider CenITex has signed a 12 month arrangement with Microsoft under which it will pay extra to continue receiving updates and patches for the software, which is still in use by CenITex and a number of its customers including the state health department and police force.
Observing the Intel mobile platform’s development in the non-Android tablet market, Digitimes Research expects Windows tablets to replace Android tablets and become Intel’s new focus. Intel’s Education Tablet, which achieved success in the education sector in 2014, is also expected to benefit the CPU giant’s mobile processor shipments in 2015.
MICROSOFT Corp said that its new large-screen collaboration device the Surface Hub will be available for businesses to order in 24 markets beginning July 1, with only two Asian countries on the list. Singapore will be the only South-East Asian country getting it, joining Japan. The device is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 55-inch for US$6,999, and Surface Hub 84-inch for a whopping US$19,999.
In what comes across as a pleasant surprise for Android users, a patent application filed last week under the American law reveals that Samsung is aggressively working on a device that will allow users to switch between Android and Microsoft Windows on their smartphones. The idea of being able to use smartphones like desktops and laptops has long been a fascination of gadget freaks across the globe. In fact, according to reports on Geek, both Microsoft and Canonical have been aggressively working on the idea, where it will be possible for smartphone users to get a desktop working experience through their mobiles itself.