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Microsoft on Tuesday began wooing developers for a February opening of its first “app store” for computers powered by the US technology giant’s Windows software.

The Windows Store will open in late February when Microsoft releases a test version of its next-generation Windows 8 operating system.

It will take on Apple and Google in the booming market of fun, hip or functional programs built for smartphones, tablets, or computers.

“I think we are going to do great,” Windows Web Services vice president Antoine Leblond said as he gave developers and press a preview of the store in a San Francisco art gallery.

“The reach of Windows is absolutely huge and can’t be matched,” he continued, noting that the Microsoft operating system powers a half billion computers around the world.

Independent developers understandably devote their limited resources to making programs for platforms that promise the most potential customers, and Windows would outshine Apple gadgets and Google Android devices in that regard.

However, Windows has a meager presence when it comes to smartphones and tablets, where third-party applications such as games are typically bought.

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Microsoft said it has inked a deal to acquire VideoSurf, a San Mateo, Calif.,-based provider of technology that allows users to conduct visual searches through large volumes of video content, such as movies and TV shows.

Terms of the deal were not announced, though TechCrunch reported that the price was just under $100 million.

Microsoft said it will initially integrate VideoSurf’s technology into its Xbox Live service, so members can search through video content stored on the gaming and entertainment service.

“Over time, as we integrate VideoSurf’s technology into our system, we are excited about the potential to have the content tagged in real-time to integrate the speed and relevance of the search results,” said Alex Garden, director of Microsoft’s Xbox Live unit, in a statement.


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates testified that Novell just couldn't deliver a Windows 95-compatible WordPerfect program in time. Above, Gates last week. (Anthony Bolante, Reuters / November 15, 2011)

Microsoft’s Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the company’s history, leading to several last-minute changes to technical features that would no longer support a rival software maker’s word processor, Bill Gates testified Monday in a $1-billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the former owner of WordPerfect.

“We worked super hard,” the Microsoft co-founder said. “It was the most challenging, trying project we had ever done.”

Gates was the first witness to testify Monday as Microsoft lawyers presented their case in the trial that’s been ongoing in federal court in Salt Lake City for about a month. He is set to resume testimony Tuesday morning.

Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the Redmond, Wash., company violated U.S. antitrust laws through its arrangements with other software makers when it launched Windows 95. Novell says it was later forced to sell WordPerfect at a $1.2-billion loss. Novell is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Attachmate Group, the result of a merger that was completed this year.

Gates said that Novell just couldn’t deliver a Windows 95-compatible WordPerfect program in time for its rollout, and that Microsoft’s Word program was actually better. He said that by 1994, Microsoft’s Word program was ranked No. 1 in the market above WordPerfect.

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By YE12, more than 30% of interactive videos invoked for collaborative purposes will be satisfied through cloud computing.

By 2013, more than 25% of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

A surplus of existing monitors, low prices for new monitors, and easy connectivity will enable more than 60% of knowledge workers to routinely use at least three displays as part of their primary PC work spaces by 2015.

Plan for less than 20% of employees being able to replace a laptop with a tablet through 2012.

By 2020, mobile and web AD will have evolved into multichannel application development.

By 2015, mobile Web technologies will have advanced sufficiently such that half of the applications that in 2011 would be written as native apps will be, instead, delivered as Web apps.

By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide.

Fewer than 5% of handsets sold in 2014 will support LTE. 75% of tablets sold in mature markets in 2014 will have a screen size of approximately 10”

Android will remain the top smartphone platform in shipment terms through 2015.

Most CIOs should plan to support at least three mobile platforms by 2012.

By 2013, Microsoft will overtake RIM in smartphone shipments.

(Source: Gartner)


2012 DC expansion plans

Google

Dublin, Ireland: An energy-efficient, cloud computing data center on 11 acres of land with a $101 million investment. The natural cooling from Dublin’s climate saves energy by eliminating the need for chillers.

Asia – Singapore, Hong Kong &Taiwan: A $200 million investment in three data centers to support increased demand of services via smartphones and tablet computers, and expectations to be operational in 1 to 2 years.

Pryor, Oklahoma – Just opened a new $600 million, 130,000 square feet data center, and plans to open a second building for office space. Another energy-efficient project, the data center will be powered from a wind farm which will feed into the electrical transmission grid.

 

Microsoft

Dublin, Ireland: Microsoft expects to expand its 19-acre, $500 million data center in Dublin by more than a third – similar to Google, the data center uses natural cooling without any chillers.

West Des Moines, Iowa: $200 million facility originally started in 2008 but put on hold after the recession. The data center project started up again in 2010, and appears to be nearing completion.

Boydton , Virginia: An expansion investment of $150 million and a planned second data center facility. With the first phase of its project requiring $499 million, Microsoft is trying to stay competitive in the cloud computing market.

 

Facebook

  • North Carolina: Scheduled for completion by September 2013, the second data center for this social network giant will measure 300,000 square feet, same as its first data center that hasn’t even opened yet. Facebook purchased 150 acres of land and invested $450 million in their first data center. The data center will be energy-efficient and deploy evaporative cooling instead of a chiller system.

IBM

  • Langfang, China: A cloud computing data center for Range Technology Development Co. Ltd. measured at 620,000 square meters and intended to serve business growth industries such as transportation, telecommunications, e-government and healthcare.  IBM’s data center business in China has reportedly tripled in the last four years.

  • Microsoft is targeting revenue of $400 million from its Indian operations in its FY2011-12 (August to July), a 30 percent growth over the last fiscal.
  • The software major expects one-third of the revenue to come from the cloud business which in the past 12 months contributed only around 5 percent to its overall revenue.
  • Microsoft has laid out an aggressive strategy which includes restructuring its entire partner organization by making it more linear and creating dedicated account management teams to drive its cloud business.
  • The company has created separate teams and appointed regional business development managers (BDMs) for the north (including east), south and west (including central) regions. The regional managers have been empowered to identify their own focus areas and go-to-market for the cloud business. In addition, Microsoft has divided its cloud business into two teams—one for the mid-to-large enterprise segment and the other for SMBs. It has also created a team of cloud specialists who would help both customers and partners in deploying hybrid cloud services.
  • Partners have welcomed these changes. “Earlier, it was difficult for us to approach executives at Microsoft for any cloud-related difficulty. The cloud BDMs would now help us in drafting business plans and developing a joint go-to-market strategy,” said MP Kini, CEO, Kinfotech, a Bengaluru-based Microsoft partner.

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  • With Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir entering into a tie-up for providing e-governance, Microsoft is trying to push the Central government to frame a policy in this regard so that more and more states can offer services through e-governance platform.

 

  • Microsoft India is also exploring possibilities in the health sector in Madhya Pradesh. We have spoken to Union IT ministry and we want states to work on cloud platform, as Madhya Pradesh is working for Jammu and Kashmir. MP is providing data, network and server for J&K government to develop e-governance facilities at various centres. This way J&K is able to save funds and speed up its service facilities,” Pratik Mehta, director public sector Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd told Business Standard here. After initial failures during previous Digvijay Singh-led Congress government, Microsoft India has made strategic investment in the state for unknown sum in various sectors.
  • We want the Central government set up application factory wherein various e-governance models of various states can be replicated to provide maximum benefits to citizens. This would not only save cost but will also help government to reach common masses in a better way,” he added.

 

  • Microsoft has covered a fair share on cloud computing platform in schools and colleges through its Live@edu project and Project Shiksha. The Live@edu project, on one hand, connects alumnae of various colleges and schools, project Shiksha is aimed at imparting training for school teachers on short terms basis in partnership with the state government. We have trained as many as 31000 school teachers by using state government infrastructure,” Irina Ghose, Director Education Microsoft told BS. Using Microsoft software and operating platforms, state government has launched its various projects like e-districts to reach common masses through digital route. However digitization of land records is the biggest issue for the government.
  • By using cloud computing platform, governments can slash their funds and offer maximum benefits. As Madhya Pradesh is providing support for J&K citizens in terms of e-governance, state government can offer more in health sector, sadly there is no IT policy for health sector,” Mehta added.

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