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  • Microsoft Philanthropies donates $1 billion in cloud computing resources to serve the public good

    Microsoft Philanthropies donates $1 billion in cloud computing resources to serve the public good

    As part of Microsoft's new three-part initiative  plan, Microsoft Corp CEO Satya Nadella have announced that the recently formed Microsoft Philanthropies will be donating $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services. The purpose is to give back to the public, and also to serve nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.

    “Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who on Wednesday will speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.”

  • Microsoft Malaysia presents Hour of Code campaign in Malaysia with Minecraft

    Microsoft Malaysia presents Hour of Code campaign in Malaysia with Minecraft

    Microsoft Corp. and Code.org have held a campaign in Malaysia to launch the third-annual Hour of Code in Asia Pacific, in effort to to broaden global participation in computer science. Using the theme “Code4Good”, Microsoft Malaysia hosted the Hour of Code campaign spanning 247 locations across Malaysia. Over 25000 children and youth from nonprofit and international schools participated the campaign.

    One of the highlights from this year’s Hour of Code, is that a specially created “Minecraft” coding tutorial by Microsoft Corp. and Code.org was unveiled. The purpose is to introduce students and educators the fun in doing basic coding concepts in the world of Minecraft. Such one occasion was seen in Henry Gurney Prison School in Malacca, where over 150 of its students were shown how easy it was to code.
  • Microsoft unveils the Nokia 215 Internet connected phone for just $29 (RM103)

    Microsoft unveils the Nokia 215 Internet connected phone for just $29 (RM103)

    Microsoft has just unveiled the company's most affordable Internet phone in the market called the Nokia 215. Yes, Nokia name makes a comeback, probably to take advantage of the legacy and reputation of the Finnish company, once the world's largest smartphone maker. The Nokia 215 will cost just $29 (RM103) before taxes and subsidies and will offer essential connectivity as well as an impressive battery life. The phone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display (320 x 240 pixels). There will be Bluetooth connectivity options as well along with SLAM for easy file sharing. Like earlier feature phones from Nokia, this particular device too will come with Opera Mini for web browsing. Apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Twitter will be built-in for a smooth social networking experience. Given the price tag, the phone does not support Wi-Fi but the user can access the web via 2G and dual band EDGE networks. As for the battery, the Nokia 215 comes with a 1100 mAh capacity one which provides up to 20 hours of talk time and 29 days of standby time. At the back, there is a very small 0.3MP camera sensor. The LED is located on top of the phone and can be used as a flashlight. The Nokia 215 will also have a dual-SIM version. Both models will be sold in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia in the coming months. Expect more details like Malaysia release dates and pricing soon.

  • Microsoft talking with HTC, Huawei and Samsung about Windows Phone on Android?

    Microsoft talking with HTC, Huawei and Samsung about Windows Phone on Android?

    While initially Microsoft was rumoured to have approached HTC about loading Windows Phone on Android, it appears that HTC wasn't the only one Microsoft talked to. According to reports, Microsoft have also approached Samsung and Huawei with Windows Phone OS for smartphones and Windows RT for tablet for free as an incentive. They have also supposedly added on compensation for the required adaptation costs. While none of the above parties have really confirmed anything, a rumoured 12.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab which can dual-boot between Windows RT and Android is supposedly on the way. Tech specs for this device include very high pixel resolutions, a super thin plastic chassis made to look like metal (probably a chrome finish) and is supposedly very fast. Most of this info comes from Russion blogger Eldar Murtazin, who has mostly been accurate when it comes to Nokia - Microsoft related rumours. However, he was wrong about Tizen so take this rumour again with a pinch of salt. No Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet though.

  • Microsoft buys Nokia, gets everything including Asha, Lumia and patents

    Microsoft buys Nokia, gets everything including Asha, Lumia and patents

    We said it would happen and it has as Microsoft recently acquired Nokia for $7.17 billion (RM23.6 billion). The deal covers Nokia's Devices and Services along with the right to license Nokia's various phone patents. According to Microsoft, they will get the cash from overseas resources and close the deal by Q1 of 2014. Nokia are getting something out of it as well as Stephan Elop, Nokia CEO will get to lead the Microsoft Devices team where the rest of Nokia's employees will join him. The current head, Julie Larson-Green will focus instead on the Xbox and Surface devices. While this could result in a Microsoft Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, Microsoft have said that they will be keeping things short, so you can probably expect Microsoft Lumias and Ashas to hit the shelves soon. With Steve Balmer's impending retirement on the horizon, Stephan Elop looks like the most promising candidate for next head of Microsoft but it also means that he needs to step up Microsoft's new phone business, which looks more and more difficult with Nokia's resulting drop in share price. So far no news on when we'll all be using Microsoft Asha or Lumia phones but expect things to start shaking up here in Malaysia as these two gigantic companies shift gears. Microsoft will still support other Windows Phone partners like HTC and Samsung.