Microsoft Expands Windows Azure in Asia, Mocks iPad in New Commercial
May 23, 2013 12:06 PM
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Windows Azure will expand in China, Japan and Australia
Microsoft announced that it will expand
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$16.3 billion by 2016 (excluding Japan).
In other news, Microsoft has decided to
take a jab at the iPad
(more specifically, iOS' digital assistant Siri) in a new commercial for the
ASUS VivoTab Smart 64GB
. The commercial pokes fun at the fact that Siri seems to be a "more talking, less doing" sort of assistant that has trouble understanding what you ask it. Meanwhile, a user breezes through several tasks on the VivoTab while Siri attempts to figure out what you want from it.
Check it out:
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5/23/2013 7:08:38 PM
On another note, I just put a new video card in my machine (actually it is my old video card, so it has already been in this machine) and now Windows 8 is unactivated, saying the key is already in use. I'm using a full retail version of Windows 8 Pro, yet I can't change my video card without being treated like a criminal and having to call in and type a 63 character long code. Thanks Microsoft!
RE: dammit Microsoft!#@$!
5/28/2013 4:29:03 PM
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.
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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