Microsoft Brings the Cloud Down to Earth for Enterprises

System Center 2012 delivers the private cloud to business in India

In an online broadcast today from Microsoft Corp. headquarters, Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, laid out how Microsoft’s private cloud solution will help businesses move faster, save money and better compete in 2012.He highlightedhow companies, such as webcast participants Lufthansa Systems, T. Rowe Price and Unilever, can useMicrosoft System Center 2012to build and operate private cloudsfor the delivery ofbusiness applications across both private and public cloud platforms.System Center 2012 is available today in a Release Candidate as a single, integrated private cloud management solution for the first time.

“IT leaders tell me that private cloud computingpromises to help them focus on innovation over maintenance, to streamline costs and to respond to theneed for IT speed,” Nadellasaid. “We are delivering on that promise today. With System Center 2012, customers can move beyond the industry hype and speculation, and progress into the here and now of private cloud.” (more…)

Microsoft Research Collaborates With Wikipedia to Enhance Multilingual Content

WikiBhasha tool will help simplify and speed up the process of creating multilingual content in Wikipedias.

Microsoft Research today announced the launch of the beta version of WikiBhasha, a multilingual content creation tool for Wikipedia. The WikiBhasha tool enables contributors to Wikipedia to find content from other Wikipedia articles, translate the content into other languages, and then either compose new articles or enhance existing articles in multilingual Wikipedias. The WikiBhasha beta is available as an open source MediaWiki extension, under the Apache License 2.0 at http://svn.wikimedia.org/viewvc/mediawiki/trunk/extensions/WikiBhasha, and as a user gadget in Wikipedia. The tool is also available as an installable bookmarklet at http://www.wikibhasha.org, which is hosted on the Windows Azure platform from Microsoft Corp. The name WikiBhasha derives from the well-known term “wiki,” denoting collaboration, and “bhasha,” which means “language” in Hindi and Sanskrit. (more…)

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series

Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows® Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series. With this new platform, Microsoft offers a fresh approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the Web and applications. For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone, exclusively on Windows Phone 7 Series. Partners have already started building phones; customers will be able to purchase the first phones in stores by holiday 2010.

“Today, I’m proud to introduce Windows Phone 7 Series, the next generation of Windows Phones,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people’s lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences.”

Designed for Life in Motion

With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft takes a fundamentally different approach to phone software. Smart design begins with a new, holistic design system that informs every aspect of the phone, from its visually appealing layout and motion to its function and hardware integration. On the Start screen, dynamically updated “live tiles” show users real-time content directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as an intermediate step on the way to an application. Create a tile of a friend, and the user gains a readable, up-to-date view of a friend’s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start.

Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query.

Windows Phone 7 Series creates an unrivaled set of integrated experiences on a phone through Windows Phone hubs. Hubs bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people:

  • People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step.
  • Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone 7 Series also brings together a user’s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a person’s entire picture and video collection.
  • Games. This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer’s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile. With more than 23 million active members around the world, Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of friends, games and entertainment on Xbox 360, and now also on Windows Phone 7 Series.
  • Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a user’s PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place that is all about music and video. Users can turn their media experience into a social one with Zune Social on a PC and share their media recommendations with like-minded music lovers. The playback experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content.
  • Marketplace. This hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
  • Office. This hub brings the familiar experience of the world’s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone. With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents. With the additional power of Outlook Mobile, users stay productive and up to date while on the go.

Microsoft Launches WebsiteSpark: Ignites New Opportunities For Web Professionals And Organizations

700+ Web Companies Already Registered for the Program; TiE, IAMAI, Sign Up as Network Partners; Netmagic, Net 4 as Hosters

Taking forward the commitment towards building a strong Web ecosystem and fostering innovation around web, Microsoft India today launched the WebsiteSpark program, an initiative designed to create a partner network and drive business growth for professional web development and design companies. Combined with the release of the Web Platform Installer 2.0 and the Windows Web Application Gallery 2.0, the initiatives make it easier for Web professionals & Organizations to build richer, more compelling Web experiences. The program is supported by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) as the network partners; and Netmagic and Net 4, as the hosters.

Even before the formal launch of the program, more than 700 small web application & design companies/ independent developers in India have registered for the program. Web development and design companies with up to 25 employees and owners can participate in the WebsiteSpark Program for three years with no up-front cost except a $100 program offering fee, payable at exit. Web professionals can get more information at http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark.

As the latest initiative in the ‘Spark’ family of programs, including BizSpark and DreamSpark, Microsoft is building upon a legacy of working with key communities and providing the additional support, tools and resources needed in order to help them thrive. The WebsiteSpark Program provides Web professionals with Microsoft software and solutions, together with related tools, training and support, to help their businesses succeed. The WebsiteSpark Program also helps drive new business opportunities by connecting Web professionals and hosters with an ecosystem of customers, partners and other professionals with complementary technologies.

“Developers are the lifeblood of our business, and we are wholly committed to ensuring their success,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, General Manager – Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India. “WebsiteSpark makes Microsoft’s Web development tools and support more accessible to developers and designers at small companies as they create inventive applications for the Web. Our third ‘Spark’ program, WebsiteSpark furthers our commitment to ignite innovation among key communities and individuals.”

Companies/developers signing up for WebsiteSpark Program will have access to:

– Microsoft Web design and development software and solutions, including three licenses to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, two licenses to Microsoft Expression Web 3, and one license of Microsoft Expression Studio 3

– Four processor licenses for production usage to Windows Web Server 2008 or R2 (when available) and four processor licenses for production usage to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web Edition

– A third-party premium Website control panel (DotNetPanel)

Participating companies/developers will also be facilitated with professional support and training:

– Two technical support incidents per company

– Access to community support through connections with Network Partners, Hosting Partners and peers with complementary services and technologies

– Unlimited access to technical managed newsgroups on MSDN

– Unlimited program support for non-technical issues

In addition to software, solutions, training and support, the WebsiteSpark program will extend the reach of participating companies by featuring their offerings in a WebsiteSpark marketplace, supported by Microsoft marketing vehicles.

Further, the program will provide an impactful partner ecosystem to support Web professionals’ success. The partnership with Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) will help jump-start web professionals’ development projects. Commenting on the launch, Dr. Subho Ray, President, IAMAI, “Initiatives like the Microsoft WebSiteSpark program are key to creating an ecosystem of “open innovation” by allowing collaborations among ecosystem participants. The programme is supportive of IAMAI’s goal of supporting small web design and development companies, and aligned with IAMAI’s objective of allowing a “thousand flowers to bloom” in the Indian internet space digital space.”

Sridar Iyengar, President TiE Mumbai, Past President TiE Silicon Valley and TiE Global, said, “To be or not be on the web, to paraphrase Shakespeare, is no longer an option available to businesses in India particularly the medium and small businesses who missed the first wave of web presence. They have to use the web to reach their customers and partners. TiE Mumbai is extremely pleased to be partnering with Microsoft to launch WebsiteSpark granting privileged access to tools which Web developers will need to cater to this demand.”

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 13 cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

Taking forward the commitment towards building a strong Web ecosystem and fostering innovation around web, Microsoft India today launched the WebsiteSpark program, an initiative designed to create a partner network and drive business growth for professional web development and design companies. Combined with the release of the Web Platform Installer 2.0 and the Windows Web Application Gallery 2.0, the initiatives make it easier for Web professionals & Organizations to build richer, more compelling Web experiences. The program is supported by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) as the network partners; and Netmagic and Net 4, as the hosters.
Even before the formal launch of the program, more than 700 small web application & design companies/ independent developers in India have registered for the program. Web development and design companies with up to 25 employees and owners can participate in the WebsiteSpark Program for three years with no up-front cost except a $100 program offering fee, payable at exit. Web professionals can get more information at http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark.
As the latest initiative in the ‘Spark’ family of programs, including BizSpark and DreamSpark, Microsoft is building upon a legacy of working with key communities and providing the additional support, tools and resources needed in order to help them thrive. The WebsiteSpark Program provides Web professionals with Microsoft software and solutions, together with related tools, training and support, to help their businesses succeed. The WebsiteSpark Program also helps drive new business opportunities by connecting Web professionals and hosters with an ecosystem of customers, partners and other professionals with complementary technologies.
“Developers are the lifeblood of our business, and we are wholly committed to ensuring their success,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, General Manager – Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India. “WebsiteSpark makes Microsoft’s Web development tools and support more accessible to developers and designers at small companies as they create inventive applications for the Web. Our third ‘Spark’ program, WebsiteSpark furthers our commitment to ignite innovation among key communities and individuals.”
Companies/developers signing up for WebsiteSpark Program will have access to:
– Microsoft Web design and development software and solutions, including three licenses to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, two licenses to Microsoft Expression Web 3, and one license of Microsoft Expression Studio 3
– Four processor licenses for production usage to Windows Web Server 2008 or R2 (when available) and four processor licenses for production usage to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
– A third-party premium Website control panel (DotNetPanel)
Participating companies/developers will also be facilitated with professional support and training:
– Two technical support incidents per company
– Access to community support through connections with Network Partners, Hosting Partners and peers with complementary services and technologies
– Unlimited access to technical managed newsgroups on MSDN
– Unlimited program support for non-technical issues
In addition to software, solutions, training and support, the WebsiteSpark program will extend the reach of participating companies by featuring their offerings in a WebsiteSpark marketplace, supported by Microsoft marketing vehicles.
Further, the program will provide an impactful partner ecosystem to support Web professionals’ success. The partnership with Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) will help jump-start web professionals’ development projects. Commenting on the launch, Dr. Subho Ray, President, IAMAI, “Initiatives like the Microsoft WebSiteSpark program are key to creating an ecosystem of “open innovation” by allowing collaborations among ecosystem participants. The programme is supportive of IAMAI’s goal of supporting small web design and development companies, and aligned with IAMAI’s objective of allowing a “thousand flowers to bloom” in the Indian internet space digital space.”
Sridar Iyengar, President TiE Mumbai, Past President TiE Silicon Valley and TiE Global, said, “To be or not be on the web, to paraphrase Shakespeare, is no longer an option available to businesses in India particularly the medium and small businesses who missed the first wave of web presence. They have to use the web to reach their customers and partners. TiE Mumbai is extremely pleased to be partnering with Microsoft to launch WebsiteSpark granting privileged access to tools which Web developers will need to cater to this demand.”
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 13 cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

Microsoft Launches Windows 7 In India

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the availability of Windows 7 for its customers in India. * Simplified PC experience that’s faster, smarter and more secure * Under deployment by 1000 Indian businesses

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the availability of Windows 7 for its customers in India. In line with Microsoft’s commitment to releasing a new OS at periodic schedules, keeping in mind evolving technologies, lifestyles and business needs, Windows 7 is designed to be more reliable and responsive, delivering a simplified PC experience for consumers. Windows 7 delivers on a simple premise: make it easier for customers to do the things they want on a PC through a streamlined user interface and several new features that make everyday tasks faster. This launch marks a significant milestone for Microsoft and is a result of extensive feedback from millions of customers and partners around the world.

Announcing the Windows 7 launch, Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman – Microsoft India said, “Proactive engagement and feedback thereof with partners and consumers was fundamental to the development of Windows 7. It has helped deliver what is the highest quality OS in the history of Windows. It enhances the user experience by its sheer simplicity and caters to their connected lives across work and play. We are delighted by the initial reviews from partners and the technology community. Over 90% of testers from around the world have rated it as “good” or “extremely good” and consider Windows 7 to be responsive, simple to use and stable.”

Over 600 new feature ideas for Windows 7 were tested through global quantitative research early in the engineering process, helping Microsoft determine the features that best address consumers’ top needs. Further, Windows 7 saw the largest beta testing program in the history of the industry, with 8 million testers worldwide. The result is an easy to connect, easy to browse and simple to use operating system, requiring less waiting, less clicks, less hassle connecting to devices, less power consumption and less complexity for the consumers.

With features such as Aero Shake, Snap, Peek, Jump Lists and a redesigned Windows Taskbar, Windows 7 is designed to become the control center for all the media and makes it easy to do more with photos, music, movies and videos. Innovative new features like HomeGroup, Play To, Windows Live Movie Maker and Remote Media Streaming in Windows 7 will help consumers discover easy and exciting new ways to have fun and get new things done with the PC. Also, engineered to meet the demands of businesses of all sizes, Windows 7 promises significant improvement in productivity levels. Its enhanced security and control capability delivers reduced risk and effectively streamlines PC manageability to drive reduced costs.

Businesses in India are benefiting from these features, and more than 1000 enterprises are currently deploying Windows 7. These include Infosys, Maruti, Bangalore International Airport, L&T ECC, Wipro, Big Cinemas, Manipal University, Biocon, Malayala Manorama, Greenply Industries, MindTree, GMR Infrastructure Limited and NIIT, among others. Windows 7 is available in six editions, targeted at specific user groups and addressing all segments of the market. The two primary editions are: Windows 7 Home Premium for home consumers and Windows 7 Professional for small and medium sized businesses. Also available in the line-up are Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic (in Emerging Markets only), Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.

The FPP pricing for Windows 7 has reduced in the range of 25-35 percent over Windows Vista, for most SKUs. Windows 7 is available at more than 45,000 retailers around the world and in India, all 16 OEMs will bring in more than 100 different Windows 7 PCs within 30 days from today. Globally, more than 17,000 software and hardware companies are building solutions on Windows 7 and over 50,000 developers are enrolled in the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program. Together, these partners are developing hardware, software and services capable of reaching more than a billion PCs around the world.

For more information on Windows 7 please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/

Notes to Editor

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 16 cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, and Pune.

Microsoft India Launches ‘Online Services’ for Indian businesses, Announces Free Trial

Online E-mail, Calendar, Collaboration, Productivity Software can Reduce IT-related Costs by Upto 10% to 50%

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Monday, July 20, 2009 – (Business Wire India)
Businesses of all sizes, especially small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) can now save upto 50 percent of their IT-related costs with the launch of Microsoft Online Services. Microsoft India has also announced a free trial period of two-months for the range of services, which include e-mail, collaboration, conferencing and productivity capabilities.Starting immediately, date customers can try the offering at http://www.microsoft.com/online at no charge, allowing them to experience the potential impact Online services can have on their businesses before the commercial launch in October 2009.

4 steps to cost saving with Microsoft online services

Step 1 – log on to www.microsoft.com/india/onlineservices
Step 2 – Choose country and log in with Live id
Step 3 – Add chosen services to shopping cart
Step 4 – After you are notified that your service is set up, use your service.

Modelled on the ‘pay-as-you-go’ approach, Online Services provide affordability, enhanced productivity, and freedom from hassles of IT deployment. Online Services will allow businesses to stay in touch with customers, associates and teams across geographic boundaries round the clock and provide instant access to information, thereby enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

“Over 80 percent of the businesses in India are SMBs that are increasingly looking to use world class IT for better business productivity. With tools such as email and collaboration becoming increasingly a must-have in this segment, the pay-as-you-go affordability and freedom from IT administration, Microsoft Online Services offers the much needed respite from financial and logistical hurdles. We encourage businesses to make the best of the free trial opportunity we are launching – and experience the powerful impact of Microsoft Online Services.’ said Mr. Sanjay Manchanda, Director, Microsoft Business Division.

“This launch also marks the second phase of Microsoft software plus services vision following the tremendous success we have seen of our hosted offerings including Hosted Exchange and Hosted ERP among Indian enterprises”. he added.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Mohammad Saif, Deputy Director, Consulting – ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia & Middle East said, “Lower TCO and capital expenditure, rapid deployment cycle, and a wide variety of offerings by various global vendors have constituted the driving force for on-demand softwares in India. Increasing awareness about the delivery model and flexibility of trial version have helped in allaying the apprehension of customers and is expected to play a major role in the growth of the on-demand software market, which is expected to grow from the current level of $40 Mn to $800 Mn by 2015, with SME fuelling the growth.”

Microsoft Online Services is a part of Microsoft software plus services strategy which provides flexibility and choice of accessing and using software on premise and on Internet as a service. As part of the Microsoft Online Services product family, Exchange Online (for e-mail) and Office SharePoint Online (portals and collaboration) are available separately or as a suite together with Office Live Meeting (for conferencing), Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services and Microsoft Office Communications Online (for instant messaging and presence).

In the coming months, Microsoft Online Services will also provide significant opportunities to a huge ecosystem of partners that will sell, customize and provide consulting, migration and managed services for Microsoft Online Services to Indian small and medium businesses.

Microsoft’s S+S Strategy

The promise of cloud is choice, and Microsoft is best positioned to offer businesses and developers the greatest breadth of choice as they engage in cloud computing. Microsoft differentiates itself by providing customers the flexibility to use on-premises technology, cloud technology or both, as part of Microsoft’s software-plus-services (S+S) strategy. The Windows Azure platform enables businesses to compete more effectively in a global marketplace with anywhere access, anytime, and through any device, the Web. In addition, Microsoft delivers the most comprehensive set of services, spanning from consumer to business and offering developers the most inclusive onramp to the cloud. Customers choosing Microsoft’s solutions are best positioned to deliver a superior end-user experience.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 16 cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, and Pune.


Microsoft India Launches Online Services for Indian businesses, Announces Free Trial

Businesses of all sizes, especially small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) can now save upto 50 percent of their IT-related costs with the launch of Microsoft Online Services. Microsoft India has also announced a free trial period of two-months for the range of services, which include e-mail, collaboration, conferencing and productivity capabilities. Starting immediately, date customers can try the offering at http://www.microsoft.com/online at no charge, allowing them to experience the potential impact Online services can have on their businesses before the commercial launch in October 2009.

4 steps to cost saving with Microsoft online services

Step 1 -log on to www.microsoft.com/india/onlineservices
Step 2 – Choose country and log in with Live id
Step 3 – Add chosen services to shopping cart
Step 4 – After you are notified that your service is set up, use your service.

Modelled on the ‘pay-as-you-go’ approach, Online Services provide affordability, enhanced productivity, and freedom from hassles of IT deployment. Online Services will allow businesses to stay in touch with customers, associates and teams across geographic boundaries round the clock and provide instant access to information, thereby enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

“Over 80 percent of the businesses in India are SMBs that are increasingly looking to use world class IT for better business productivity. With tools such as email and collaboration becoming increasingly a must-have in this segment, the pay-as-you-go affordability and freedom from IT administration, Microsoft Online Services offers the much needed respite from financial and logistical hurdles. We encourage businesses to make the best of the free trial opportunity we are launching, and experience the powerful impact of Microsoft Online Services.” said Mr. Sanjay Manchanda, Director, Microsoft Business Division.

“This launch also marks the second phase of Microsoft software plus services vision following the tremendous success we have seen of our hosted offerings including Hosted Exchange and Hosted ERP among Indian enterprises”. he added.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Mohammad Saif, Deputy Director, Consulting – ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia & Middle East said, “Lower TCO and capital expenditure, rapid deployment cycle, and a wide variety of offerings by various global vendors have constituted the driving force for on-demand softwares in India. Increasing awareness about the delivery model and flexibility of trial version have helped in allaying the apprehension of customers and is expected to play a major role in the growth of the on-demand software market, which is expected to grow from the current level of $40 Mn to $800 Mn by 2015, with SME fuelling the growth.”

Microsoft Online Services is a part of Microsoft software plus services strategy which provides flexibility and choice of accessing and using software on premise and on Internet as a service. As part of the Microsoft Online Services product family, Exchange Online (for e-mail) and Office SharePoint Online (portals and collaboration) are available separately or as a suite together with Office Live Meeting (for conferencing), Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services and Microsoft Office Communications Online (for instant messaging and presence).

In the coming months, Microsoft Online Services will also provide significant opportunities to a huge ecosystem of partners that will sell, customize and provide consulting, migration and managed services for Microsoft Online Services to Indian small and medium businesses.

Microsoft’s S+S Strategy

The promise of cloud is choice, and Microsoft is best positioned to offer businesses and developers the greatest breadth of choice as they engage in cloud computing. Microsoft differentiates itself by providing customers the flexibility to use on-premises technology, cloud technology or both, as part of Microsoft’s software-plus-services (S+S) strategy. The Windows Azure platform enables businesses to compete more effectively in a global marketplace with anywhere access, anytime, and through any device, the Web. In addition, Microsoft delivers the most comprehensive set of services, spanning from consumer to business and offering developers the most inclusive onramp to the cloud. Customers choosing Microsoft’s solutions are best positioned to deliver a superior end-user experience.

Microsoft’s ‘My Phone’ now available as an open beta: service helps users save all mobile data on the internet

With technology playing a crucial role in today’s world, the Mobile, the PC and the web have become inseparable.  However, the biggest fear that perhaps haunts any mobile user today is not the loss of his hi-tech cell but the valuable data! To help solve this issue, Microsoft today announced its My Phone service that enables users to automatically backup contacts, photos, video, calendar, text messages and more from their phone to a password-protected Web-based service, is now an open beta. With automatic syncing and backup capabilities for all contacts, appointments, text messages and other information, My Phone keeps all things up-to-date and easily restores them should the user lose or upgrade their phone. To sign up for MyPhone today, all users to do is go to http://myphone.microsoft.com and sign in with a Windows Live ID.

In addition to this, Microsoft also announced the availability of My Phone service in all 25 Windows Mobile languages today. What’s more? The service is available on all Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 phones and allows users to automatically upload photos and video from their Windows phone directly to My Phone, making it simple to preserve memories. Once users sign in they get an option of “Send to Phone” or they can use their phone’s browser to navigate to http://myphone.microsoft.com/install. And in just a few minutes they can download and install the My Phone application on the phone and activate it instantaneously!

With Microsoft My Phone mobile users can rest assured not only about their phone contacts but photos, video, calendar, text messages and more. My Phone also provides an easy to use Web portal where users can access and manage content on the phone, and share that information with others. Microsoft My Phone is another example of how the company is delivering new mobile experiences to Windows Mobile phones and connecting them to compelling software services.

About Consumer & Online Business

Microsoft’s Consumer & Online business aims to create a seamless experience for consumers across PCs, phones, and the Web. The Consumer & Online business drives all sales, marketing, content & programming, business development, and operations across Windows Vista, Windows Live, Windows Mobile, MSN, Live Search, advertising sales and other services.

Microsoft Reveals New Windows® Phones With Marketplace and My Phone Services

Microsoft mobile partners fly the Windows flag: HTC, LG and Orange preview first Windows® phones.

BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 16, 2009 — Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled new Windows® phones featuring new user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows® phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows® phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

Contacts are backed up with My Phone so users don’t have to worry about losing contacts.

“Windows® phones bring together the best of the Web, the PC and the phone so you can connect instantly to the experiences you care about, no matter where you are,” Ballmer said. “We’re working with partners across the industry to deliver a new generation of Windows® phones that break down the barriers between people, information and applications and provide great end-to-end experiences that span your entire life, at work and at home.”
Windows Mobile 6.5 Delivers New User Experience

The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen keeps people up-to-date on important information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger, and an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser, which in a third-party research study sponsored by Microsoft supported execution of up to 48 percent more assigned tasks than the other browsers and phones studied.

My Phone allow users to view and manage photos on their phone on the Web.

My Phone Service Connects the Phone to the Web
The free My Phone service will enable people to access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a password-protected Web-based service, making it easier to upgrade phones without the worry of losing important information. With automatic syncing and backup, users can count on their contacts, appointments, text messages and other information being kept up to date and easily restored should they lose or upgrade their phone. Consumers also will be able to automatically upload photos and video from their Windows® phone directly to the My Phone service, making it simple to preserve content that, in the past, would have lived and died on the phone. The My Phone service is currently available in a limited invitation-only beta.

Rich and Integrated Marketplace Service Will Offer Easy Access to Mobile Applications
The new operating system features Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a rich and integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows® phones or from a PC by simply using a Windows Live ID. The new marketplace will be included with all Windows phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5, which will help consumers to easily find, install and experience those applications that fit their needs and make the phone truly personal. Developers, who have already built over 20,000 applications for Windows® phones, will be able to offer applications to customers through the marketplace via a simple security and compatibility check from Microsoft.

Partners Showcase New Windows® Phones
Leading mobile partners from around the world revealed some of the first Windows® phones showcasing the new operating system. In particular, mobile operator Orange will update its portfolio to offer new Windows phones with enhanced browsing, diverse personalization options and new user experiences. Similarly, two of the world’s top phone manufacturers displayed their Windows® phones.

The LG-GM7300 is a stylish, user-friendly phone with features such as one-click e-mail set up to help people stay connected to the information they care about most. Available first on Windows Mobile 6.1, LG will add a Windows Mobile 6.5 version to the family, complementing an expanded alliance to dramatically increase the number of LG phones running Windows.

HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, announced today, will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5. New enhanced contact integration combined with new Internet capabilities deliver a people-centric approach to mobile communication. HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 features TouchFLO 3D, a sleek and compact design with a large 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen display, while HTC Touch Pro 2 introduces one of the best-ever mobile productivity experiences on a phone highlighted by HTC’s new Straight Talk technology, an integrated e-mail, voice and speakerphone experience.

The new Windows® phones are expected to be available in the second half of 2009. Additional information on companies supporting Windows Mobile 6.5 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mobileworldcongress/docs/partnerlist.doc.
Additional Services and Partnerships

The company also announced Microsoft Recite, a voice search technology for Windows® phones version 6.0 or later, which provides users with a fast and simple way to capture, search and retrieve spoken notes and reminders using just their voice without the need to navigate menus or type text. Microsoft Recite efficiently organizes a user’s spoken thoughts based on same or similar terms and phrases, and is available as a free technology preview at http://recite.microsoft.com/.

Microsoft announced that several European mobile publishers and network operators have chosen Microsoft as their mobile advertising partner: Mobistar (Orange Group) and BASE, the second and the third largest mobile operators in Belgium respectively; fast-growing mobile travel site WAYN; eFinancialNews and Private Equity News, the financial and private equity news sites, part of Dow Jones; Le Parisien.fr, the mobile site of Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France, the first daily newspaper in France; La Vanguardia, one of the leading Spanish daily newspapers; Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo; and Le Post.fr, the first interactive French mobile site. Microsoft offers full mobile advertising services including media sales, ad delivery and optimization in 12 countries, delivering mobile ads on both Microsoft and partner properties.

Microsoft partners also announced support for mobile broadband enhancements in Windows 7, Microsoft’s next-generation operating system. Mobile broadband enhancements include simple and reliable means to connect to the Internet, as well as a common infrastructure for partners to build on to create new, high-value mobile services. Partners announcing integration with the Windows 7 native mobile broadband include Acer, Asus, Birdstep Technology, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Huawei Communications Technologies, Option,

Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Smith Micro, T-Mobile International and ZTE.

Additional information about Microsoft at Mobile World Congress 2009 is available on the Microsoft MWC Web page at http://www.windowsmobile.com/mobileworldcongress.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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Reliance Communications Partners With Microsoft To Deliver IPTV In India On The Microsoft Mediaroom Platform

  • Contract estimated AT USD 500 million
  • Unveil NEW era OF connected entertainment WITH IPTV

Reliance Communications and Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership to deliver a highly connected, personalized TV experience to consumers in India through Reliance’s IPTV service, which will be powered by the award-winning Microsoft? Mediaroom? Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) software platform. The announcement was made by Anil D Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Communications, and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, at a press event today in Mumbai, India. Reliance Communications shall have the exclusive deployment right for the platform in India.

Reliance’s IPTV service, powered by the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, will allow Reliance to deliver entirely new, connected and personalized television experiences for Indian consumers, with several advanced features, such as video-on-demand (VOD), digital video recording (DVR), instant channel changing, and personal media sharing. IPTV subscribers will be able to watch popular standard definition (SD) content as well as high definition (HD) content – for the first time in India – at the click of a button from the comfort of their homes, and enjoy a connected entertainment experience that will soon allow them to watch their favorite shows on their TV or PC. The service will be launched by fiscal end (March 2008). (more…)

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