As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, thousands of former Nokia factory workers will be losing the job. Last week, 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. Today, MarketWatch reported that Microsoft is giving free Nokia Lumia 630 devices to up to 300 employees per day if they apply for the company’s volunteer resignation package. And it is being offered under first come, first serve basis. As per this report, Microsoft plans to cut about 4,700 jobs at its factory and R&D center in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. via: MarketWatch ...

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Infamous Microsoft leaker WZor has come out hiding and dropped some interesting information regarding to Windows 9 or ‘Threshold.’ Here is a roughly translated Russian quote from WZor: “In fact, the most interesting things are going in China, where Microsoft executives are shocked by a series of decisions of the Chinese government. Timing of Windows 9 now depends on how these problems will be solved. Our sources say that Microsoft is panicking about the fate of Windows 9. It’s very likely, that Microsoft will release Windows 9 Enterprise Edition without integration of Microsoft’s cloud services and with the ability to disable “Metro 2.0″ interface. This possibility is being actively discussed at Microsoft.” As China has grown socially. economically, and militarily it becomes an increasingly important market. The sheer size of China dwarfs the US and Europe combined. This coupled with what is perceived as a weak United States make decisions by foreign ...

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Reuters yesterday reported that Microsoft has signed a deal with Chinese Internet security specialist Qihoo 360 Technology in which both the companies will work on mobile Internet and artificial intelligence technology. The report claims that there will be technology exchanges in artificial intelligence. But, both Microsoft and Qihoo declined to provide comment on this deal. The tie-up with Qihoo, known for its security software, mobile application store and search engine, comes as Microsoft struggles with scrutiny from China’s government and state-owned businesses over the security of its products. U.S. technology companies are battling anti-American sentiment in China. Firms like Microsoft, Apple Inc and Google Inc have been accused by state media of working with the U.S. government in cyber-espionage, with doubts raised about their products’ security. Source: Reuters ...

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Last week, a Chinese OEM called Vido has announced three new Windows tablets based on Intel processors. The three tablets named W10 Pro, Vido W11 Pro and Vido W11C come in various colors. Vido W10 Pro:  It will be powered by Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also includes full HD display, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, 8000 mAh. The device is priced at 2699 CNY(420 USD) and comes along with a keyboard case. Vido W11 Pro: It has same specs as W10 Pro, but CPU is Intel Bay trail-T Z3740D quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Huawei UltraStick 3G support and GPS is added. Vido W11C: It comes with 10.1-inch full HD IPS AUO screen, Intel’s 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM and 64GB of storage. It will have 2MP front and rear cameras, GPS, TF card slot, gyroscope, light sensor, Huawei UltraStick 3G suport and a built-in 8400mAh battery. ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing 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 agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support,” it reported. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. Just like everyone of us, Microsoft is also surprised by the move and will push Windows 7 for now to these government agencies. “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice. “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Centre and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement ...

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Windows XP finally hit end-of-life two days ago after 13 years on the market.  While most consumers have moved off Windows XP many enterprises have been dragging their feet in making the upgrade.  Microsoft made it clear it would end support for Windows XP six years ago. Consumers in China are in a more unique situation compared to the rest of world.  It is estimated that nearly 200 millions users in China are still using Windows XP and many of them IE6 too. The Chinese press seem to have taken this as a chance to bad-mouth foreign businesses, while promoting China’s underwhelming domestic software industry. Foreign Policy reports: In an April 8 article published prominently at the top of its website — an area usually dedicated to chronicling Chinese President Xi Jinping’s activities — state-run news agency Xinhua slammed Microsoft’s decision as “extremely irresponsible behavior” that “shows a lack of trustworthiness,” warning ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the article on The Guardian claiming that Microsoft is censoring Chinese language searches in Chine and in the US. Today, Stefan from Bing team did a quick blog post to dismiss those claims. Read it below. There has been discussion over the past day or so that Bing results for Chinese language queries done outside of China are somehow intentionally edited or incomplete for political censoring purposes. We can emphatically confirm that they are not. The only time Bing adjusts search results is to comply with local law or for quality or safety reasons such as child abuse or malware. Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law. The error we referenced yesterday was one where we incorrectly showed a Chinese ‘removal notification’ message outside of China to users who have selected to view ...

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As we reported last week, it would only be a matter of time until the Windows 8.1 RTM (build 9600) leaks began once it was in the hands of the OEMs. http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?uk=1761935015&shareid=1651802203 The first leaked build is the a Chinese Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise build. Builds in other languages will be coming shortly. See more screenshots here: http://www.thecollectionbook.info/gallery/?f=/windows/nt%20kernel/windows%208.1/6.3.9600.16384/chinese%20simplified/enterprise/x64 Source: Faikee on MyDigitalLife ...

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