Microsoft recently announced that they are making Azure HDInsight available for all customers in China as a public preview. This means Microsoft is the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China. So, both local Chinese organizations and multi-national corporations with offices in China can spin up a Hadoop cluster within minutes. HDInsight is a Hadoop distribution powered by the cloud. This means HDInsight was architected to handle any amount of data, scaling from terabytes to petabytes on demand. You can spin up any number of nodes at anytime. Microsoft charges only for the compute and storage you actually use. Since it’s 100% Apache Hadoop, HDInsight can process unstructured or semi-structured data from web clickstreams, social media, server logs, devices and sensors, and more. This allows you to analyze new sets of data which uncovers new business possibilities to drive your organization forward. HDInsight ...

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During his interview at Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Microsoft CEO discussed about his current focus within the company, his new ‘productivity’ strategy, his upcoming visit to Asia and more. His current focus at Microsoft is on the culture, culture that is fostering constant renewal and learning. He believes that it has to start with the fundamental belief that everyone inside of the company knows that they make the culture; culture doesn’t make them. He said that productivity and platforms are the two main focus for Microsoft, It’s about being able to enable every individual and every organization to get more out of every moment of their life. He also said he is enthusiastic his visit to China and about what opportunity there is to have real impact and business success with it. On his focus at Microsoft, Culture is everything. … You need to have a culture that is ...

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Microsoft launched its CityNext initiative more than a year ago and since then they have partnered to work with number of cities in various countries around the world. Today, Microsoft highlighted their work in China regarding their CityNext initiative. The Microsoft CityNext initiative enables Microsoft to offer deeper and better service to Chinese cities by engaging our vast ecosystem of partners to enable cities to do both “more with less” and “New with Less.” By transforming their existing infrastructure and investments, connecting and streamlining operations across many city functions, and engaging citizens and businesses in solving their toughest challenges, Microsoft CityNext is accelerating innovation and opportunities for cities globally. Based on local understandings of Chinese urbanization, Microsoft is working closely with several Chinese cities to solve immediate challenges while laying the foundation for the future. For example, in December 2013, the administrative committee of the Xi Xian New District of ...

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Based on the recent reports, Chinese search giant Baidu has hired Microsoft veteran Zhang Yaqin in China. Zhang Yaqin is the Corporate Vice President, and chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group. He is currently leading thousands of engineers and scientists involved in research and development. Zhang has published more than 500 refereed papers in leading international conferences and journals and has been granted over 50 U.S. patents in digital video, Internet, multimedia, wireless and satellite communications. Many of the technologies he and his team developed have become the basis for start-up ventures, commercial products, and international standards. As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, and Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD), Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang is responsible for driving Microsoft’s overall research and development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring success for the company in this growing market. Under Zhang’s leadership, ARD has become Microsoft’s largest R&D center outside of ...

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As you all know, Chinese government has started an anti-trust investigation against Microsoft’s business practices in China. Hundreds of Chinese government officials conducted raids to Microsoft offices in China to investigate this issue. Today, Chinese government agency SAIC (State Administration for Industry and Commerce) has announced that they have given 20 days for Microsoft to respond to their allegations. They believe that Microsoft didn’t provide enough information regarding Microsoft Windows and Office that lead to compatibility issues for consumers. Microsoft responded to this development that they are serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns. Source: SAIC via: Reuters, TNW ...

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Microsoft offices in China were raided in the last week of July by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. Recently, a Chinese antitrust regulator said that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on Microsoft software in China. Today, Reuters reported that Satya Nadella is visiting China. Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft ...

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Microsoft offices in China were raided in the last week of July by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. Today, a Chinese antitrust regulator said that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on Microsoft software in China. A Chinese antitrust regulator said on Tuesday that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on the software it distributes in China, including information on sales of its media player and web browser software. Microsoft has expressed willingness to cooperate with ongoing investigations, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and ...

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Reuters today reported that China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on US companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. Due to the mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking are among the main reasons for this action. Recently, revelations by Edward Snowden revealed that U.S. intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on U.S.-made hardware. This made China uncomfortable in using US based technology products. This homegrown OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices. “We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added. He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years ...

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Microsoft last month officially announced that Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 23rd. The launch lineup of games was also revealed. The console is priced at ¥3,699 RMB. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV revealed that more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. Now, Chinese Government has approved the sale of 5 million Xbox One units, opening the way for Microsoft to make a big splash in the country’s emerging console sector. This number was revealed by BesTV in a Tuesday earnings statement. Although China often censors gaming content to weed out excessive violence, the approval of 5 million Xbox One units signals that the country’s government is still giving ample room for actual device sales. BesTV, a provider of Internet television services, is confident the Xbox ...

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The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. The WorldWide Telescope experience scales from a web browser all the way to multi-channel full dome in some of the world’s most advanced planetariums. About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) was launched at the Shixinlu primary school which enabled students not only to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive planetarium setting, but it also has allowed them to create their own tours of the heavens and have them displayed on the ...

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Back in May, Chinese government announced the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claimed that it was due to security concerns. Following the ban, Microsoft continued to supply Windows 7 based PCs and was working with officials to resolve the concerns about Windows 8. Today, Bloomberg reported that Chinese government has now banned 10 Apple products which includes the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. These products were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July. According to government officials familiar with the matter, the ban was due to security concerns. “When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies,” said Mark Po, an analyst with UOB Kay Hian Ltd. in Hong Kong. “The Chinese ...

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According to Chinese agency, The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) raided Microsoft offices in Beijing, Liaoning, Fujian and Hubei once again following last week. The SAIC also raided the Dalian offices of IT consultancy Accenture, to whom Microsoft outsources financial work, according to the regulator. Microsoft offices in China were raided last week by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation on Microsoft over its Windows OS and Office productivity suite. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding these raids, We’re serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns Source: REUTERS ...

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Microsoft offices in China were raided last week by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Yesterday, no exact reason was specified by Chinese government regarding this sudden investigation. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft over its Windows OS. Generally, anti-monopoly investigations are done when some company dominates the market by practicing unethical business practices. Today, China State Administration for Industry and Commerce publicly warned Microsoft that they should avoid “interfering in or obstructing” the probe. They also revealed that they are questioning Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Mary Snapp as part of the investigation. Read more from the link below. Source: WSJ ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, thousands of former Nokia factory workers will be losing the job. Today, hundreds of Chinese employees from  Nokia factories protested against Microsoft’s decision on mass layoffs. The participated employees posted pictures showing their protest on social media networks as well. The protest took place at former Nokia Beijing research center and factory employing 2,400 people. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans against “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and violent layoffs” for five hours until “they had sore throats,” said the employee who participated in the demonstration and so declined to be identified. The protesters would convene on Friday afternoon to discuss demands they would present to the company, the employee said. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft today officially announced that Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 23rd. The launch lineup of games was also revealed. The console is priced at ¥3,699 RMB. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV revealed that more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. In partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will bring hundreds of thousands of hours of entertainment content including blockbuster movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV programs, fitness and exclusive, locally developed applications. Finally, Xbox One is bringing unique value to the Chinese market including innovative pricing models for games, compelling console bundles, local customer support and two year warranty. Xbox One unveils gaming portfolio roadmap for China: Recognized for the best games lineup of 2014 at the E3 trade show, Xbox will bring its long history ...

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