Lithium Technologies announced that Microsoft Corporation is a platinum level partner and global sponsor of LiNC ’16 (Lithium Networking Conference), the industry’s only digital customer experience conference. Jujhar Singh, General Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, will present a keynote on the future of CRM and intelligent customer engagement on June 9, 2016. His presentation will provide a deeper understanding of today’s digital customer and share key insights into how businesses can maximize customer data to create more personalized brand experiences.
Lookout, the global leader in securing mobility, is partnering with Microsoft to deliver an integration of Lookout Mobile Threat Protection with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). Brad Anderson, corporate vice President for Microsoft’s Enterprise Client & Mobility Group, said, “Lookout shares our belief that mobility should empower employees, not restrict them. Companies should be harnessing the power of the intelligent cloud and mobile threat data to limit their exposure to potential security breaches. We are excited to be working closely together with Lookout to integrate these new capabilities with EMS.”
Microsoft has found that at least four out of ten computers in Asia Pacific countries are likely to be infected with malware. While Pakistan tops the list in the Malware Infection Index 2016, India ranks 8th on the list. It identifies the key malware threats in the region and ranks markets in Asia Pacific according to how much they are affected. Keshav Dhakad, Regional Director, IP and digital crimes unit, Microsoft Asia, said, “These malwares can steal your personal information, download more malware, or give a malicious hacker access to your PC. The findings are based on data from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) and the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv20).”
Helpshift, a startup working on providing customer support experience on mobile devices, has raised about $23 million from investors led by Microsoft Ventures and Salesforce Ventures. Existing investors, including Intel Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, True Ventures and Visionnaire Ventures, also participated in the round. With this the company’s total capital raised so far is pegged at $36.2 million.
Showcasing its commitment to enhancing cyber security, Microsoft has set up a Cyber Security Engagement Centre (CSEC) in Gurgaon. The CSEC aims to drive the public-private partnership to fight cybercrime, strengthen cooperation with Indian businesses, government and academic organizations on cyber security. Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said, “Our Cyber Security Engagement Centre in Gurgaon (in Haryana) underlines our relentless commitment to security and partnering India in its digital transformation.”
This summer, the Xbox One will be receiving two updates, equivalent to the Anniversary update for Windows 10. These updates will be substantial and will continue Microsoft’s attempt to unify Windows 10 and Xbox One together into a coherent ecosystem. The update will add Cortana to Xbox One in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, bringing the familiar and highly accomplished digital assistance to gaming consoles worldwide.
EA has revealed when users can play FIFA 17. It will be available in the US from September 27 and the rest of the world (India included) from September 29. No price has been announced yet for India though one can expect it to be in line with last year’s cost – Rs. 3,999 on the Xbox One and Rs. 3,499 for the PC (available only digitally via Origin) and Xbox 360.
Tom Clancy’s The Division will be receiving its first paid DLC Underground on June 28th. This is according to listings on Amazon UK and Amazon Germany. Available on June 28th, users will be able to pre-load the DLC on June 25th. As initially announced by Ubisoft many moons ago, the DLC will be available first on Xbox One for 30 days before releasing on PS4 and PC. This will only apply to Underground and Survival, the second DLC slated for release in Summer.
Cloudera announced it has collaborated with Microsoft to reduce the burden on application developers leveraging Spark. Together with other open source contributors, Cloudera and Microsoft have built a new open source Apache licensed REST-based Spark Service, called Livy, which is still in early alpha development. Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform Marketing, Microsoft, said, “Microsoft is focused on simplifying big data and advanced analytics to make technologies like Apache Hadoop and Spark available for everybody.”
Microsoft has released its team productivity app Planner for free to eligible Office 365 subscribers. Planner follows the standard Trello and Asana model of task management for teams: set up custom columns for different work stages, create cards for certain tasks and drag them around to track progress. Office 365 subscribers with eligible plans (including Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education) should see Planner popping up automatically in their Office 365 app list in the next few weeks.