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Microsoft Introduces Nokia 222 Dual SIM in Germany
Aug 26 15
Microsoft introduced the new Nokia 222 and Nokia 222 Dual SIM, which are expected to be released in Germany from November. The devices, available in black or white, will be launched at a recommended retail price of EUR 59. The phone features internet applications such as the Opera Mini browser, Bing search and the MSN weather app as well as GroupMe by Skype, Facebook, Messenger and Twitter. The phone has a 2 MP camera, a UKW radio as well as a MP3 and video player.
Kollective Announces Collaboration with Microsoft Azure to Provide Enterprise Video Solutions
Aug 25 15
Kollective announced an alliance with Microsoft to provide a differentiated scalable approach to distributing enterprise video. Kollective will be moving its cloud-based Kontiki Enterprise Video Platform and its Kollective Software Defined Enterprise Content Delivery Network to Azure.
Microsoft Agrees to Lower Royalties
Aug 24 15
Microsoft (MS) agreed with the country's top anti-trust regulator to cut royalties that it collects from Korean technology companies such as Samsung and LG Electronics. In return for approving MS's planned $7 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business, MS agreed to put a cap on the royalties Samsung and other local domestic handset firms pay for patents of the merged entity over the next seven years. The agreement is also calling for MS not to file lawsuits against Korean handset manufacturers over patent infringement. MS-Nokia should strictly follow fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) principles in its licensing policies and give access to its standard essential patents (SEPs). MS agreed to cut fees that it annually collect from Korean handset makers on even non-SEPs and commercial patents. Imposing sales or import bans against products produced by local tech companies is also impossible according to the mutual agreement. Some of MS-owned patents are considered as core technology to be used in Google Android software, meaning that it's impossible to use replacements. The MS-Nokia deal will see MS absorb the OEM for its Windows Phone line of smartphones. Nokia controls over 90% of Windows hardware sales, meaning that MS is purchasing hegemony over its own platform. Also, MS's steep turn into the device business is greatly expanding. Its Surface-branded line of tablets is its latest move, as MS has long relied on a third-party OEMs to sell PCs operating its Windows software. But with the addition of the Lumia line of handsets, MS can effectively manufacture its own PCs, gaming consoles and smartphones. The regulator agreed to scrap the availability of what it calls a business collaboration agreement that MS signed with local business partners. Under the agreement, MS and its rivals could share confidential information. The FTC ordered MS not to share confidential data with its business partners for fair competition. The regulator said patents that will be owned by Nokia after the acquisition don't need for approval by the government agency for their availability. Because Nokia will hand over its handset business to MS, Nokia can hold mobile-related patents. But the regulator will closely monitor whether or not Nokia abuses its patent rights. The latest decision by the FTC comes a few months after MS separately agreed with Samsung on patent disputes over licensing fees in return for Samsung's decision to promote MS's own Office programs on new Samsung handsets.
Microsoft In Talks To Acquire Mesosphere
Aug 18 15
Microsoft Corporation (NasdaqGS:MSFT) has expressed interest in acquiring Mesosphere, Inc., according to two people who were briefed about the recent talks, raising the possibility of a deal that could reshape the cloud infrastructure landscape. The approach was made about a month ago and it’s unclear whether the talks are still going on. After the approach, Mesosphere and the bankers it hired put a valuation on the company of just over $1 billion. Whether any firm would be willing to pay a sum close to that figure is also a question.
Maxis Bhd Teams Up with Microsoft to Launch Productivity Solution
Aug 14 15
Maxis Bhd has partnered with Microsoft to launch a productivity solution that incorporates Office 365 (O365) into the MaxisONE Business solutions suite to help stimulate the growth of the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. The solution is aimed at helping SMEs raise their productivity through a cost-efficient technology-driven package over the country’s best data network. The MaxisONE Business with O365 for SMEs is the first of many more solutions in partnership with Microsoft to come, which underlines a common vision between both parties to drive digitalisation of Malaysian businesses.