In an interview, Microsoft Germany head has revealed that Microsoft is thinking of creating German controlled data centers to better serve its customers in Germany. In the recent years, information security is becoming a key concern for enterprises and governments. After the recent revelations about governments snooping on data, cloud data storage location has become the key point of discussion. In fact, Microsoft is now considering the possibility of working with partners to develop a cloud data centre based in Germany, with the aim of alleviating national concerns over cyber security. According to Illek, Microsoft is “testing” the idea of a ‘German cloud system’, where data could be hosted by a partner company but not be subject to US law. However, he said: “Whether and when it will happen, I cannot say.” Illek said Microsoft’s current data centres in the Netherlands and Ireland are becoming “increasingly popular” with major clients, ...

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Over the past two years, Samsung has gradually reduced its presence in the PC market. This year, they have only handful of PC models on sales in many markets and the only notable PC in their lineup is Samsung Ativ 9 Plus. Today, Samsung has confirmed that they have stopped selling notebook PCs in the German market. This includes both Windows laptops and the new Chromebooks. On a enquiry about this change, Samsung responded that they quickly adapt to current market needs and requirements. And they have decided to stop selling laptops and Chromebooks based on current market conditions. Instead, Samsung is going to focus on developing mobile devices and mobile solutions. They are trying to create a unique experience that they want to provide customers with their products and mobile solutions. Source: WPArea ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Google’s proposed changes were not well received by the opposing ...

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Back in 2004, German City Council decided to deploy Linux OS across their departments to reduce the dependence of Microsoft and to decrease the costs associated with their IT systems. Whenever the discussions about cost savings by switching to open source software comes, Microsoft always tells that there are lots of hidden costs associated with it. This argument is once again proven correct by this German’s switch over to Windows. Due to poor user experience, lack of features, no proper compatibility with many standard formats, German government has decided to switch back to Windows after 10 years. Source: Sueddeutsche via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft previously announced that Intel Core i3 and Core i7 versions of Surface Pro 3 would be shipping “in August.“ Panos Panay today said “Thanks to some great work by our team, I can confirm that, in this case, “in August” means August 1, which is when these versions will arrive in stores and at commercial resellers in Canada and the US.” Also Surface Pro 3 will be made available by end of August in 26 additional markets. By the end of August 2014, Intel® Core™i3, i5, and i7 versions of Surface Pro 3, as well as select new accessories, will become available for purchase in 26 additional markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. If you don’t own a Surface Pro 3 yet, ...

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WPArea.de reports the Surface RT tablet is coming to Germany on the 14th February and will likely be carried by Saturn and Media Markt. The news was announced by Microsoft already last week, but WPArea reports that television and other media ads, such as the one above and below, have now started appearing, suggesting a real push is underway. Analysts suggest Microsoft has only sold around 1 million or less Surface tablets so far, with Microsoft blaming this on limited distribution. Hopefully this issue will soon be reversed in the next few weeks. There is at present no release date for the Surface Pro in Europe. ...

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These days it is not uncommon to see developers auctioning off exclusive dev units they received for free, but the action of a Steve Ballmer-signed Microsoft Surface is fortunately nothing like that. Emotion Touch is auctioning off an exclusive Steve Ballmer signed Microsoft Surface with all proceeds going to supporting a Christmas Party at the cancer ward Charité, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Berlin, under the auspices of the Kinderleben Association for the Promotion of the Department of Children’s Cancer Association. The 32 GB Surface tablet was signed by Steve Ballmer at a Berlin developer event 3 weeks ago, and comes with free shipping and the original accessories, and also with a VAT invoice if companies want to bid. At the time of writing the auction is standing at 610 Euro with 9 bids and is closing on the 5th December. See the auction at eBay here and support a good cause while ...

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We posted earlier about Germany’s Freiburg council fighting for a return to productivity and to be rescued from the suckiness of Open Office, which was impeding their workflow and ability to communicate with outside councils. In 2007 the council voted to adopt Open Document Format and standardize on Open Office. In practice to get any work done the council workers have been running Open Office and Office 2000 in parallel. In 2012 the failure of the project was clear, and an expert appraisal recommended the council switch back to Microsoft Office. The city council has now voted, and despite lobbying by Open Source Business Alliance, the Free Software Foundation Europe and the German Information and Communication Technology Federation sense won the day and the proposal to switch back to Microsoft Office won 25 to 20 votes, with 2 abstentions. The news was tweeted by Councillor Timothy Simms, a Green Party ...

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German online retailer Notebook.de has priced the x86 Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet on their site. The 64 GB model is priced at 679.83 EUR ($870) without tax, and the 128 GB model costs 763.87 EUR ($975). The full spec of the device reads as follows: 26.92 cm (10.6 ") Full HD ClearType multitouch display (1920×1080) Intel Core i5 (3rd generation) 4 GB RAM 64 GB of memory Intel HD 4000 Graphics (shared memory) Wireless LAN 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n Bluetooh 4.0 (Low Energy Technology) HD front & back camera with TrueColor and internal microphone SkyDrive feature VaporMG case Comes with stylus Weight: 900 g Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 2 years warranty . Notebook.de claims the tablets will be available in 3-4 weeks, which seems rather doubtful, with most expecting the device only in January 2013. If delivered earlier that would indeed be a great early ...

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A WPArea reader managed to capture some pictures of the new Microsoft Surface Experience Centres which will be popping up all over the world. He writes: Since today in some German cities Microsoft’s new tablet computer, the surface is presented. Here in Berlin, there are several places where you can take a look. I was at the Motel One in the Kant Strasse 10, right near the Zoological Garden Berlin station. The Experience Center is located in the entrance hall. Only 2 units to try out were available. Guests at the Motel One can also rent a surface and try to rest.Therefore, additional devices. The tablet looks good and great is processed. The format may be a little getting used to. The weight is slightly larger than expected (although not more than others). It’s been fun to use the Surface and the gestures you fast on it. If you can ...

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MediaMarkt is a large German retailer and a subsidiary of Metro AG. They have launched a series of promotional videos for Windows 8, which are attention-grabbing but certainly also somewhat strange. In the above video the easy Sharing features of Windows 8 gets a brief demo, contrasted with how difficult it is to Shear a sheep. The video below is only somewhat better, and here the security features of Windows 8 is shown, showing how easy it is to get access to a Windows 8 PC vs a club. The series is called Windows 8 vs Reality. Do our readers agree the producers seems to have lost contact with reality themselves. Let us know below. Via WPArea.de ...

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Contrary to expectations that one would have to wait till the 26th to buy Windows 8, boxed copies of the OS has already been distributed far and wide, and is now widely available to purchase from several online dealers, including Amazon Germany. WPArea.de collated the following retailers who had the OS in stock and able to deliver ASAP. Amazon.de (In stock) Notebooksbilliger.de (In stock) Getgoods  (Delivery within 2-4 business days) Home of Hardware (available in 2-4 business days) So if you have a yearning to be the first on the block to installed the official Windows 8 release, check your local dealer now. The long wait may already be over. Via WPArea.de ...

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