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Windows Azure will expand in China, Japan and Australia

Microsoft announced that it will expand Windows Azure in Australia, China and Japan in an effort to meet Asia's increasing cloud computing needs. 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in Shanghai this week that the Windows Azure Public Preview will be available for sign-up starting June 6. It will be operated by 21Vianet in China.

He also noted that Windows Azure can now be used in two of Japan's sub-regions (Japan East in the Tokyo area and Japan West in the Kansai area) and two of Australia's sub-regions (New South Wales and Victoria). 

This means that China, Japan and Australia can use the Windows Azure cloud computing platform for building, deploying and managing applications. 

Microsoft is looking to tap into a huge market, as Asia's cloud computing market is expected to reach US$16.3 billion by 2016 (excluding Japan).

In other news, Microsoft has decided to take a jab at the iPad (more specifically, iOS' digital assistant Siri) in a new commercial for the ASUS VivoTab Smart 64GB. The commercial pokes fun at the fact that Siri seems to be a "more talking, less doing" sort of assistant that has trouble understanding what you ask it. Meanwhile, a user breezes through several tasks on the VivoTab while Siri attempts to figure out what you want from it. 

Check it out:

Sources: YouTube, technet



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Nokia 928
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2013 12:36:09 PM , Rating: 3
Nokia Also Started Calling out the Galaxy and iPhone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...

Everyone has seen Dont Fight yet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19vR1GldRI




RE: Nokia 928
By Ristogod on 5/23/2013 12:40:25 PM , Rating: 3
Yep. Just got mine yesterday. I must say it's true. The phone and video on this thing is amazing. I highly recommend it.


RE: Nokia 928
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2013 12:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
July 9th.
Nokia EOS may bring Windows Phone 8 to fingers on July 9
http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communicat...


Finally a decent surface commercial
By Strk on 5/23/2013 9:36:20 PM , Rating: 2
Why didn't MS start with a commercial like this? Sorry, but what did we learn from the first ones? That surface has a kickstand and optional keyboard?




By Motoman on 5/28/2013 4:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I finally saw that commercial on TV the other day. It was funny.

Microsoft is *horrible* at marketing, whereas Apple is the poster child. All of MS's previous advertising has been atrocious, and I don't mean just the WTF Surface commercials with the dancers flopping around docking and undocking their tablets. Like, wow man...it docks *and* undocks!

Remember the thing with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates? WTF was that?


dammit Microsoft!#@$!
By kmmatney on 5/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: dammit Microsoft!#@$!
By Motoman on 5/28/2013 4:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC there is no "full retail" version of Win8, like in previous OS iterations. Which is to say, it's not openly portable from one PC to another, like traditional retail copies were. Pretty sure it's locked to the machine it was installed on to start with, like OEM software.


By Arsynic on 5/24/2013 9:18:42 AM , Rating: 1
Come on! Instead of launching with these funny and to-the-point commercials, Microsoft decided to let the wannabe hipsters in their marketing department launch their product by having a bunch of people popping and fucking locking across the screen.

It's like they try too hard sometimes to be hip and cool. You can actually be productive with a non x86 tablet, unlike with iPad. Should have been marketed this way from the beginning.




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