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IOTAP Showcases Microsoft Office 365 Business Cloud Services‎

In the presence of IT managers from various corporations in Oman, IOTAP, a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner, in collaboration with Microsoft, organized an event to showcase the next generation cloud technology, Microsoft Office365. The cloud productivity event was held recently at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Muscat.

At the event, IOTAP and Microsoft delivered sessions on various topics related to Cloud Productivity and its benefits, with the help of customer case scenarios and live demonstrations.

IOTAP showcased its services and solutions portfolio and showed how companies can scale their critical infrastructure and simultaneously reduce IT costs through Cloud Services.

Microsoft officials said that Office 365 would complement the company’s efforts to help customers take advantage of the most complete set of cloud-based solutions to meet any business need. They also said that Office 365 would be a key element in Microsoft’s plans to provide world class collaboration tools to businesses. Office 365 is catered to organizations of all sizes that are looking for enterprise class communication and collaboration solutions that are flexible, bundled, integrated and seamless in operation, and work across multiple facilities and devices.

Microsoft Office 365 will also provide the highest levels of reliability, performance and security with the best service level agreement policies in the industry. The company’s newest cloud service brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service, at a monthly subscription.

In addition to enterprises, Office 365 will also help the small and medium enterprise community. Office 365 can play a significant role in helping their employees share information in new ways that boost productivity and minimize IT costs. With Office 365, people can stay on the ‘same page’ using instant messaging and virtual meetings with people who are just down the hall or on the other side of the world. They can work on files and documents at the same time and share ideas as easily as they can share calendars.

Microsoft will roll out a wide range of service plans that are designed to meet the needs of a variety of companies of different sizes at the time of Office 365’s commercial launch.

Mr. Ebrahim Nalwala, Managing Director – IOTAP says, “We have been deploying Microsoft cloud services for our global customer base for several years now – we are extremely excited to be able to take that experience and expertise and share it with customers in Oman.”

The seminar was also addressed by Chris Waldie, Cloud Sales Manager, Microsoft Gulf. He said that the new technologies provided by Microsoft Office 365 present a qualitative change in IT industries. Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions, such as Office 365, are geared to support emerging economies and accelerate the growth of local innovation industries.
He also added, “Microsoft is always keen on evolving integrated business platforms that are in tune with the requirements of firms and organizations. It seeks to enhance search technologies and facilitate rapid response to changing business needs by making data-driven decisions and by deploying customized solutions quickly and securely.” IOTAP, he said, is distinguished by the fact that it is a leading company in deploying latest Microsoft Cloud technologies, will be chosen to provide a full range of solution and services around Office365 for the clients.

“Collaboration is necessary for instant access to relevant information, exchange of ideas and the right people to take the right action at the right time. Businesses today are looking for technologies that help them make an even bigger impact and with Office 365, we believe we have the solution to enhance collaboration and productivity for businesses of all sizes in Oman,” he said. Office 365 was launched in June 2011 in 20 different languages and more than 200,000 organizations worldwide signed up for the trial version.”

Microsoft Oman declared that the trial version of new Office365 will be available in Oman end of June 2012. So, all the SMBs and big enterprises in Oman can get the benefit of it. Office 365 will also be available in Arabic once it is launched in the region.

Renren Inc. Announces the First SNS Application in Microsoft Windows 8 Store

Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) (“Renren” or the “Company”), China’s leading real-name social networking internet platform, today announced the release of its customized high-definition client application (“Renren HD”) for Microsoft’s Windows 8 application store. Released at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Conference held recently during the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain, Renren HD is the first social networking application selected by Microsoft.

Renren HD is designed to be fully-integrated with Windows 8, a generational change on Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Through “share contract”, a range of content from different applications can be shared at a single click, including web pages, pictures and videos. Customized for Windows 8, which focuses on integration with social networks and optimized for tablet usage, Renren HD has adopted features such as tiled Metro-style user interfaces and creative content delivery, resulting in a significantly enhanced user experience.

“We are very proud to be selected as the first SNS partner for Microsoft’s new Windows store,” said Joseph Chen, CEO of Renren.  “Renren shares the vision of Windows 8 in its aspiration to revolutionize how content is delivered and shared between the next generation of digital devices. Renren HD was designed with the same philosophy.”

About Renren Inc.

Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) operates the leading real name social networking internet platform in China. It enables users to connect and communicate with each other, share information and user generated content, play online games, listen to music, shop for deals and enjoy a wide range of other features and services. Renren’s platform includes the main social networking website Renren.com, the online games center game.Renren.com, the social commerce website Nuomi.com, and the video-sharing website 56.com. Renren had approximately 137 million activated users as of September 30, 2011.

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Microsoft and Nokia vow to challenge Apple and Google

Microsoft and Nokia have vowed to take on Apple and Google in the fast-growing smartphone market by being the “most friendly” to mobile operators.

The chief executives of the world’s largest software company and the world’s largest mobile phone maker said operators were “very excited” about Microsoft and Nokia’s new “alliance” to create a third smartphone “ecosytem” to challenge Apple and Google.

“The world is shifting from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems,” Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new chief executive said at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona yesterday. “Microsoft and Nokia together represent a natural partnership.”

Mr Elop said the world’s biggest mobile operators were “all smiles” about the tie-up because Nokia has traditionally been more amiable to telecoms providers than Apple or Google. “This is good news for operators,” he said. “We are in a position to create a third ecosystem. We know what it means to be the most friendly to the operators.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, said: “Windows Phone will be the most operator friendly”.

Apple has long-angered operators, particularly in Europe, by demanding a cut of ongoing customer revenues. Apple also invoked the wrath of operators last year by proposing to bypass operators by removing the need for operator SIM cards in the next version of its iPhone. Apple is understood to have since backtracked from the plan after operators complained.

Microsoft Live Spaces Closing, Sends Users to WordPress

Microsoft officially close Live Spaces

From a business perspective, it’s a bunch of blogs migrating from one free platform to another. But from an infrastructure perspective, Microsoft’s decision to close Windows Live Spaces and offer its millions of bloggers an “upgrade” to WordPress.com has larger implications.

Microsoft announced its Live Spaces transition plan yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt. Live Spaces users will have the option of migrating their blogs to the WordPress.com service from Automattic. Microsoft says it has worked closely with WordPress.com to design a seamless transition process. But despite Microsoft’s language about upgrades and partnerships, the reality is that Live Spaces users have six months to move their blogs or have them deleted.

Worepress:Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers

WordPress published a blog “Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers”,this blog revealed to us that Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com over a six month period , beginning today.

WordPress said:”We’re very happy that Microsoft chose WordPress.com as their preferred new blogging service for Windows Live users. It’s a sign of how strong WordPress.com has become, and credit for that goes to every one of you who’s been creating here.”

More Capacity for WordPress.com?

Microsoft has clearly decided that there’s limited upside to innovation in blogging platforms. In announcing its plans to shutter Live Spaces, it acknowledged that the platform’s features were falling behind the offerings at WordPress.com.

Still, it was a little disorienting to read Microsoft’s announcement that it was migrating millions of sites from Windows Server to a platform powered entirely by open source software, and describing it as an “upgrade.”

It’s likely that the Live Spaces migration will impact the Netcraft Web Server Survey, which tracks market share for leading server products. WordPress.com uses the nginx server, which currently powers about 5 percent of sites found by Netcraft, a state that figures to gain as Microsoft’s share declines.

Live Spaces’ demise also serves as a reminder that the free hosting services offered by the largest tech companies haven’t crushed competition, as was feared by some in the web hosting sector. “Four years ago I was fairly worried as every internet giant (Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, Google) had a hosted blogging service,” wrote Mullenweg. “Now only Blogger remains, and is firmly in our sights.”

Now,let’s say goodbye to Spaces!