Singtel partners Microsoft to offer Office 365

The Microsoft Office productivity suite is one of the most well known software in the world, from the home user, student to the businesses, it’s being utilised by many people from all walks of life. A Mac user myself, I have the older Microsoft Office for Mac installed on my MacBook Pro, using Microsoft Word for writing/typing my articles/documents and the powerful Microsoft Excel software.

Singtel is bringing Microsoft Office 365 to her customers in Singapore, with a partnership with Microsoft. This is good news for Singtel customers, I might consider this offer by Singtel.

Let me share with you more details below –

Singtel and Microsoft announced a new partnership for Singtel to offer Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite – Office 365 – to Singtel Consumer customers. With this new offering, customers who subscribe to Singtel’s fibre broadband and postpaid mobile services can sign up for either Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal plans through Singtel. They will enjoy savings of at least $46.80 per year or over 30% off regular online price. In addition, customers can enjoy the added convenience of paying for their Office 365 subscriptions together with their monthly Singtel bills.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore, Singtel said, “This collaboration marks a new milestone for Singtel. We are excited to be the first telco in Asia to provide Consumer customers the best value for Office 365 applications. With this new offering, customers will also enjoy ease of payment and enhanced productivity. We will continue to engage different partners to offer solutions that are suitable for our customers’ digital lifestyles, whether for work or play.”

Singtel customers can select the plans that best suit their needs:

  • Office 365 Personal caters to people who are looking to have Office 365 for personal use. Subscription for Office 365 Personal starts at $6.90 per month (U.P. $10.80 per month) for a 12-month subscription, and comes with installations on one PC or Mac device, one tablet and one smartphone, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Office 365 Home, on the other hand, caters for the entire household. Subscription for Office 365 Home starts at $9.90 per month (U.P. $14.80 per month) for a 12-month subscription, and comes with installations on five PCs or Macs, five tablets and five smartphones, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage per user.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity suite featuring Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, as well as OneDrive cloud storage. With the availability of Office apps on Windows and Android tablets and phones, as well as iPads and iPhones, users can enjoy the flexibility of using Office on-the-go, with the ability to access, view and edit files seamlessly, wherever they are.

“We are pleased that Microsoft and Singtel have come together to offer the best-in-class productivity suite to Singtel Consumer customers. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, constant connectivity and productivity is becoming more important for people in Singapore, and Office 365 is designed to meet that need. Whether they are at home, at their favourite café, or simply moving around and about, Singtel customers can now have easy access to all the features and functionalities of the Office they know and trust, and empower their personal productivity wherever they are,” said Mr Kevin Wo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

To sign up for Office 365 with Singtel, customers can visit the IT Show from 16 to 19 March 2017, or any Singtel Shop and Exclusive Retailer. Singtel postpaid mobile customers can also sign up via MyAccount or MySingtel App.

For more information, visit http://office365.singtel.com.

* Information courtesy of Singtel *

Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices

Avengers fans alert! You are now able to own Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices soon! They are arriving soon to the shores of Singapore, in December 2016! They are portable and handy (especially the 10.1 and 11.6 inch models) ideal for students or traveling.

There are three different models and designs for Avengers to choose from, let me share with you more information and details of the Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices –

E-Huge Technology, in collaboration with Microsoft, announced the launch of its new range of Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices in Singapore.

Inspired by the iconic Avengers logo and the signature design motifs of Captain America and Iron Man, these Windows 10 devices come in three distinct form factors that supercharge fun and productivity to superhero proportions.

With custom wallpapers and icons, these Avengers-themed devices are your ultimate PC companion to help you declare your allegiance to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Each device sold will also include a specially designed carrying sleeve or pouch to help your heroes tackle brute force or blunt trauma as they battle the forces of urban life.

“Following the success and popularity of our Hello Kitty and Gudetama character series, we are thrilled to bring yet another range of compelling and competitive Windows 10 devices to Singapore users,“ said Roger Chan, General Manager, E-Huge Technology. “These Avengers-themed devices are unlike anything else on the market, and we’re confident that they will be the perfect fit for Singapore users who want to add some affordable excitement to their digital lifestyles.”

Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore, said, “At Microsoft, one of our key missions is to make computing more personal for everyone. Sporting exceptional designs, these one-of-a-kind models, join 400 million Windows 10 devices on the market to bring a unique user experience for fans and non-fans alike.”

AVR10T – 10.1” Windows 10 2-in-1

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Highlights:

  • 2-in-1 10.1-inch Tablet
  • Customized wallpaper and icons with Avengers characters
  • Includes Avengers detachable hard keyboard
  • Includes Avengers carrying case
  • Support for Windows Continuum

Technical Specifications: 

Operating system

Windows 10

Exterior

Dimensions: 258 x 172.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight: 581g (Tablet only)

Design: licensed Avengers characters

Storage

64 GB eMMC

Display

Screen: 10.1-inch multi-touch IPS display

Resolution: 1280 x 800

CPU

Intel Atom x5 Z8300

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Battery

5,400 mAh battery

Cameras

Rear-facing 5-megapixel camera

Front-facing 2-megapixel camera

Ports

1 x Micro HDMI

1 x Micro USB 2.0

1 x USB Type C

Media card reader

Micro SD card reader

Peripheral

Detachable hard keyboard with standard USB port

AVR116T – 11.6” Windows 10 2-in-1

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Highlights:

  • 2-in-1 11.6-inch Tablet
  • Customized wallpaper and icons with Avengers characters
  • Includes Avengers detachable hard keyboard
  • Includes Avengers carrying case
  • Support for Windows Continuum

Technical Specifications: 

Operating system

Windows 10

Exterior

Dimensions: 293 x 197 x 19.5 mm

Weight: 1.5kg (with keyboard)

Design: licensed Avengers characters

Storage

32 GB eMMC

Display

Screen: 11.6-inch multi-touch IPS display

Resolution: 1366 x 768

CPU

Intel Atom x5 Z8300

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Battery

7,000 mAh battery

Cameras

Rear-facing 5-megapixel camera

Front-facing 2-megapixel camera

Ports

1 x Micro HDMI

1 x Micro USB 2.0

1 x USB Type C

Media card reader

Micro SD card reader

Peripheral

Detachable hard keyboard with standard USB port

AVR141R – 14.1” Windows 10 Touch Notebook

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Highlights:

  • 14.1-inch Slim Touch Notebook
  • Customized wallpaper and icons with Avengers characters
  • Includes Avengers carrying case
  • Includes 2-year 100GB OneDrive subscription

Technical Specifications:

 Operating system

Windows 10

Exterior

Dimensions: 327 x 226 x 19 mm

Weight: 1.78kg

Design: licensed Avengers characters

Storage

32 GB eMMC

Display

Screen: 14-inch touch display

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

CPU

Intel Atom x5 Z8300

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Battery

10,000 mAh battery

Cameras

Front-facing 2-megapixel camera

Ports

1 x Micro HDMI

1 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0

1 x USB Type C

Media card reader

Micro SD card reader

Pricing and availability

 Model

Pricing

AVR10T – 10.1” Windows 10 2-in-1

SGD 429

AVR116T – 11.6” Windows 10 2-in-1

SGD 499

AVR141R – 14.1” Windows 10 Touch Notebook

SGD 549

The devices will be available at retail in Singapore from 10 December, 2016.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and E-Huge Technology Limited *

Microsoft launched first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore

The world of Internet, cyberspace and social media have greatly benefitted the world since they were invented. The world today has become a smaller place and more inter-connected. The world of Internet, cyberspace and social media are now part of our daily life in work and leisure too.

However, it also have its own challenges too! Cybersecurity is of utmost importance, the presence and roles that they play today is more significant and important, for organisations, businesses and even individuals too.

Microsoft recently launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. Let me share with you more of the news and details from the press release information –

Microsoft today launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. The joint facility will for the first time bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia-Pacific to deliver a holistic approach to serving the security needs of both the public and private sector and building a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for digital transformation.

The Microsoft Transparency Center is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Programme (GSP), which offers participating government agencies the opportunity to review the source code of Microsoft products, access information on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, and benefit from the expertise and insight of Microsoft security professionals. Nearly 40 countries and international organisations currently participate in the programme with 10 participants from Asia-Pacific.

The Singapore Transparency Center is a convenient location for governments in the Asia region and will be part of a global network that covers four regions, joining existing facilities in Redmond, Washington, for North America, and Brussels, Belgium, for Europe. In addition, more details of other new Microsoft Transparency Centers will be shared later in 2016, including the recently announced Transparency Center in Beijing, China.

“Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. It is part of the Microsoft Government Security Programme, where we support, collaborate and enable governments to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to meet their rigorous cybersecurity requirements by building strong capabilities to protect, detect and respond,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation.

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Center, will enable enterprises and organisations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft. Amid rising cybercriminal activities and a rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, the Cybersecurity Center will bring forth innovations and advancements by way of security platform, threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security in a comprehensive way.

“With Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation to achieve more, we need to ensure every individual, organisation, and government has the ability to use technology they can trust. The extensive technology footprint that Microsoft has around the world has allowed us to understand and counter cyber threats. Beyond leveraging that knowledge to build trusted applications and products, we also have the responsibility to share the same intelligence with governments and organisations so that we can contribute towards a safer and more trusted cyber world for Singapore, the region, and beyond,” said Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

“Cyberspace has opened up many opportunities for the economy and society. However, it has also become a place for individuals and groups to launch cyber attacks on governments, organisations and people. International cooperation is therefore needed against such threat actors. We are happy that Microsoft has chosen Singapore to be its global partner in cybersecurity. Robust partnerships between the government and industry, such as through the Microsoft Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center, will enable all of us to build trust and a safer cyberspace for everyone,” said David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.

The Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center will expand Microsoft’s public-private- partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, while enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively. This will build on the momentum in the last few years, where the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has fostered various partnerships with public sector and enforcement agencies in the region. This includes strategic collaboration with Interpol in global malware botnet disruption operations and a PhotoDNA licensing collaboration to support Interpol’s efforts in preventing child sexual exploitation online, as well as cyber threat intelligence sharing partnerships with several Internet Service Providers in the region and government Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).

To support a comprehensive, cross-company and cross-industry approach to cybersecurity, Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars a year in security research, innovation and development. This includes a recently announced global Cyber Defense Operations Center (C-DOC), a state-of-the-art 24/7 facility that brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time, securing Microsoft’s internal resources, cloud infrastructure, customer online services, devices and products. Microsoft has also recently established an Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG) – a dedicated team of worldwide security experts who will deliver security solutions, expertise and services that empower organisations to modernise their IT platforms, securely move to the cloud and keep data safe.

* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle

Gaming and Xbox fans rejoice! There is something exciting coming soon to all of you gaming and Xbox fans! A custom designed Xbox One S Gears of War 4 limited edition 2TB bundle!

Let me share with you more information and details of this exciting news from the press release information below –

The result of a collaboration between The Coalition – the studio developing Gears of War 4 – and the Xbox design team, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle was designed to resemble a unique piece of hardware lifted right out of the game, bearing the battle marks of surviving a desperate fight with Gears of War 4’s ferocious new enemies – the Swarm. Featuring laser-etched scratches on the console’s chassis, bloody thumbprints on the controller’s red metallic D-pad the limited edition bundle is the closest you can get to the ultimate Gears of War 4 experience.

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Priced at S$699, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle includes a battle-weathered custom Xbox One S console with a 2TB hard drive, an all-new Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, full game download of Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for both Xbox One and Windows 10, a Gears of War 4 Season Pass and eight additional Gear Packs.

“We are delighted to be bringing our newest addition to the Xbox One family of devices to Singapore. With an incredible line-up of games coming to Xbox and Windows 10 starting September – including all-time favourites Forza Horizon 3 and Dead Rising 4, Asian originals ReCore and Scalebound, and real-time strategy games such as Halo Wars 2 – we hope that fans and gamers will continue to be excited about a future of gaming without boundaries, and have loads of fun creating unique gaming moments with their friends across platforms,” said Zeph Stuart, Head of Xbox and Windows Gaming, Consumer Channels Group Asia, Microsoft.

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The bundle will be available in Singapore from 25 November.

A chance to win an unforgettable trip of a lifetime at Xbox Showcase 2016

Stand a chance to be one of the five lucky winners to walk away with the grand prize – an unforgettable trip of a lifetime to Sydney, Australia to participate in an epic week of Xbox activities! The week includes the adrenalin-pumping Forza Horizon 3 launch event, a Gears of War experience at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, first-to-play games with developers from Playground Games, The Coalition and more, as well as opportunities to take in the amazing sights and sounds of Sydney, Australia.

Fans and gamers simply have to take note of the contest question posed during the live stream, and submit their response via the Xbox Singapore Facebook page by 12 September, in order to stand a chance to win the grand prize.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *

Most Admired Asian Cities – Microsoft Survey

At the recent World Cities Summit 2016, there was a dialogue session titled “Microsoft CityNext Asian Mayors’s dialogue session” whereby they revealed findings from a study titled “Microsoft CityNext Asia Pacific Survey: Your City, Your Future”.

In this survey, there were some interesting findings that I would like to share with my readers and followers. Singapore comes out top as the most admired city in Asia Pacific from the Microsoft survey yet the majority of Singapore’s residents are not very optimistic about seeing further improvements over the next decade.

Here are the information and findings from the press release –

At the Microsoft CityNext Asian Mayors’ dialogue session held at World Cities Summit 2016, Microsoft revealed findings from a study titled Microsoft CityNext Asia Pacific Survey: Your City, Your Future, which showed that one in four residents in the Asia Pacific region named Singapore as their preferred city to live in, outside of their home country. Key reasons for this preference include: the city’s cleanliness (44 percent), discipline (22 percent), safety (18 percent), as well as Singapore being a modern and exciting city (13 percent).

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The table below shows the list of most admired cities, as voted by the 2,000 survey respondents from 13 cities in the region:

Most Admired Cities in Asia Pacific

1. Singapore

2. Tokyo

3. Sydney

4. Melbourne

5. Osaka

6. Hong Kong

7. Seoul

8. Taipei

9. Bangkok

10. Kuala Lumpur

11. Shanghai

12. Ho Chi Minh City

13. Beijing

14. Jakarta

15. Manila

16. Mumbai

17. Delhi

18. Others

However, despite Singapore coming up tops as the respondents’ favourite city in Asia Pacific, the majority of Singapore’s residents are not very optimistic about seeing further improvements to their quality of life over the next decade. 43.5 percent of the Singapore residents polled expect a decline in the quality of life, contrasting against the views of a smaller group of residents – 31 percent – who expect improvements in the quality of life in the next decade. In addition, 25.5 percent of Singapore’s residents expect the city to maintain its status quo over the next decade. The residents polled also cited employment opportunities (73 percent), housing (71 percent) and transportation (70 percent) as the top three areas most in need of improvement in Singapore.

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In view of the areas outlined for improvement, a large number of Singapore residents agree that technology can play a crucial role in improving living conditions in Singapore. According to the survey, 85 percent of Singapore residents view technology’s most important role as creating better connectivity, while 79 percent of residents see technology as a means to generating greater economic opportunities such as creating employment or starting a technology startup. Other key roles for technology cited include improving information dissemination to residents about government services (78 percent), improving citizen engagement through better communication with government (76 percent), and Big Data analytics (65 percent) which can facilitate city development and planning.

Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore said: “As Singapore accelerates towards realising its Smart Nation vision, technology will play an even more important role in cementing Singapore’s position as the most admired nation in Asia Pacific. Our ability to nurture a vibrant public-private ecosystem that harnesses the power of technology to co-create innovative and citizen-centric urban solutions that will improve residents’ quality of living will be key in ensuring the continued success of the nation. The future of Singapore is a “future of us”, one that the government, businesses and residents have a stake in to collectively achieve inclusive growth.”

The Microsoft CityNext Asia Pacific Survey: Your City, Your Future was conducted with over 2,000 residents across 13 cities in Asia Pacific including Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Jakarta, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo and Osaka.

About Microsoft CityNext

Microsoft CityNext is a partner-led initiative that empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive—with a simplified approach. It helps cities unlock their potential by delivering innovative digital services that can help citizens lead safer, healthier, and more educated lives.

More information about CityNext is available at http://www.microsoft.com/citynext/.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM*

Popular Microsoft Selfie App Updated!

For fans of selfie photo taking, I have news and updates to share with you folks, the popular Microsoft Selfie App is updated with social sharing and 8 new Asian languages. The Microsoft Selfie App was released in December 2015 and it is among the best apps for iOS with over a million download.

Let me share with you some key information and details from the Microsoft blog post article

New portrait enhancement technique called Digital Face Clean, which intelligently removes undesired features like wrinkles and baggy eyelids, while preserving desired characteristics like hair, moustaches, tattoos and accessories.

  • Support for a total of 31 languages, including Chinese (Traditional), Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, or Hindi.
  • Easier social sharing;
  • Updated user interface;
  • Selfie stick compatibility;
  • Timer to capture the perfect selfie.

First launched in December 2015, the app has already been downloaded more than a million times, and differentiates itself from other selfie apps by leveraging Microsoft Research’s Face API.

The technology helps determine the age, gender, and skin tone of a person, and avoids the exaggerated refinements that limit the effectiveness of other selfie apps.

The Microsoft Face API is part of the Microsoft Cognitive Services, a suite of intelligent APIs that also powers other popular experiences like How-Old.netTwinsOrNot.net and MyMoustache.net.

*Information Courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM*

We Tech Care 2016 is on 12th March!

Next Saturday, on the 12th March 2016, there is an event for your family and loved ones, whereby they can explore information technology and tech skills, to empower your family with. The event is We Tech Care 2016 at JTC Launch Pad @ one-north. Help to spread the word, tell your family, loved ones and friends about We Tech Care 2016!

Let me share with you more information and details about We Tech Care 2016 from the press release information –

On March 12 2016, Microsoft will be holding its We Tech Care 2016 event at JTC LaunchPad @ one-north – a vibrant and exciting co-working space for over 500 local startups – in support of the President’s Challenge!

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be gracing We Tech Care 2016 as Guest-of-Honour, and officially launching President’s Challenge 2016.

Aligned with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more, We Tech Care 2016 goes beyond regular fundraising. The event ambitions are to empower everyone through technology by creating opportunities for people of all ages to learn coding/computing, connect the current generation of innovators with the next, raise awareness of innovative technology that can help solve societal issues, support digital inclusion programmes through partnering with non-profit partners, and foster Microsoft employees’ skill-based volunteering efforts.

Open to the public, the half-day event brings together over 100 volunteers, including Microsoft employees, representatives from President’s Challenge, Microsoft partner organisations, non-profit organisations, and technology experts who will be volunteering their time to conduct IT-related workshops, talks, activities and games. For the first time, the ecosystem of local startups who are making waves in their respective fields by leveraging the power of technology to build a better, smarter and more inclusive Singapore, will also be supporting We Tech Care 2016.

The afternoon programme will feature a variety of fun-filled activities for everyone, including young professionals, parents, children, students and grandparents. Highlights of We Tech Care 2016 include:

  • IT Made Easy – Interested to pick up simple IT skills? The IT Made Easy sessions aim to introduce you to the fundamentals of computing and equip you with IT tips and tricks.
  • Startup Discovery Tour – Suitable for students, young professionals, IT enthusiasts, aspiring innovators and the general public, the guided Startup Discovery Tours provides visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with local startups first-hand. Discover the power of technology through their innovative showcases, test out their latest applications, tour their funky startup premises, and walk away with a lesson in entrepreneurship for good.
  • WeSpeakCode Workshops – Is creating games and apps your dream? Suitable for all ages, these sessions connect you with the tools and knowledge you need to create, code, and develop your ideas. So whether you are new to coding, studying it in school, or planning for your career, you can dream big, build creatively, and boldly bring your ideas to life.
  • Xbox Games Competitions – Keen to experience the Xbox world of gaming? Here’s your chance to try your hand at a whole host of Xbox games and participate in the onsite Xbox gaming competitions to win prizes.
  • NGO & Assistive Technology Showcase – Thinking of volunteering? This exhibit will enable you to meet with non-profit organisations, discover where help is needed and take the first step towards active volunteering! Also, check out the Assistive Technology Showcase by the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) to see how the latest assistive technologies can make a difference and help people lead more fulfilling lives.
  • Play It Safe – Safeguard yourself online in today’s digital world. Suitable for teenagers, parents and working professionals, join the Play It Safe talks to hear from our experts on how to stay safe and protect your reputation online.
  • Fringe Activities Check out the fringe activities at the carnival and indulge in some fun and games with the entire family!

Here are the event details:

Date:    Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time:    13.30 to 17.30

Venue: JTC LaunchPad @ one-north

The Meeting Point

79 Ayer Rajah Crescent

Singapore 139955

To register for We Tech Care 2016 event, visit microsoft.com/singapore/WeTechCare. 

To donate to President’s Challenge, visit https://www.giving.sg/wetechcare2016.

*Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM*

Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows 10 Tablet!

Hello Kitty fans alert! I have something very exciting news to share with you! Let me introduce to you, a limited edition Hello Kitty tablet, the Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows 10 Tablet! It’s a beautiful and well thought out design, lovely packaging too! It’s a 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet, while it does not have the top end technical specifications built into it, this special, cute looking and unique Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows 10 Tablet is a lightweight and highly affordable tablet ideal for leisure, casual and travel usage. I am quite sure this would be become a Hello Kitty fan collectors item too!

Let me share with you more information from the press release, on the Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows 10 Tablet and where you can buy it in Singapore –

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Say “hello” to the limited edition Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows 10 tablet! The Grace 10 Light is the first Sanrio-themed 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet from the WMP Character Series to launch in Singapore, and is now available at all BEST Denki retail outlets, and online store in Singapore.

WMP (We aiM for Pride), a brand of Hong Kong-based E-Huge Technology Limited, specialises in producing highly innovative products for a wide range of target audiences that are both affordable and fun to use. The Sanrio-themed tablet is the first of WMP’s Character Series, as well as Windows device, to hit the shores of Singapore. Priced at S$379.00, the 10.1-inch device will set the hearts of Hello Kitty fans aflutter with its unique design which also features a pastel pink Hello Kitty Pigo keyboard complementing its black frame – making the device a functional yet attractive device for fans of all ages.

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As the official retailer of the Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows tablet, BEST Denki will be offering a meow-tastic deal for customers with a complimentary Microsoft Wireless Mouse 1850 included. In addition, customers can save $20 off with every purchase of an Office 365 subscription along with the device, and customers who purchase two qualifying products are entitled to a free Sennheiser Travel Earphones worth S$119.00*.

“We are pleased to be working with E-Huge and Microsoft to bring in this one-of-a-kind, limited edition Hello Kitty Windows tablet that is an anticipated addition to our extensive IT and computer products line-up in our 11 stores,” said Catherine Chua, Head of Marketing, Best Denki Singapore. “Backed by one of the most recognisable cartoon character in Singapore and globally, we believe that the device would be a hit for customers across all ages looking for an affordable yet productive product to complement their digital lifestyles today.”

The purrr-fect Windows 2-in-1 device for work and play

The Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty is a limited edition Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet that comes with an exclusive Hello Kitty Pigo keyboard. Weighing just 600 grams, the tablet is a great device to bring along for work and play, and can be slipped easily into a handbag.

Users can choose to use it as a tablet, or snap the device onto the pastel pink keyboard with an etched Hello Kitty monogram to get some quick work done like a laptop. The keyboard also acts as a cover and a stand for the device, allowing users to decide how best to use the device – whether for work or for play.

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The Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Windows tablet delivers productivity on-the-go beneath its adorable exterior. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ Z3735F processor and a 2GB DDR RAM, the device provides uncompromised performance for users who need a device that delivers performance. It also sports a micro USB port and a microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional memory space.

Running on Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, users will also be able to unlock new computing experiences, including an all-new browsing experience with Microsoft Edge, as well as Continuum, where apps on Windows 10 will scale accordingly to the mode your device is in. You can simply switch from a traditional desktop mode to a tablet mode when you snap the Grace 10 Light tablet off the Hello Kitty Pigo keyboard, knowing that the screen will display beautifully and transition smoothly for your personal computing needs.

Microsoft Office Mobile apps will be available for download for free on the Grace 10 Light tablet, enabling users to be productive and get some quick work done from the get-go. Users who prefer a full Office experience can consider an Office 365 Home or Personal subscriptions, where more functionalities are enabled, and ensuring that Office is constantly kept updated with the latest features as they become available.

For the Hello Kitty fanatics, the Grace 10 Light tablet also sports a series of limited edition Hello Kitty wallpapers specially crafted for this, as well as unique Hello Kitty icons that make the Windows 10 experience an even more personable one.

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Introducing E-Huge and WMP – Microsoft’s China Technology Ecosystem Partner

The launch of WMP’s Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty tablet will mark E-Huge Technology Limited’s first device launch in Singapore. The Hong Kong-based technology company has over 20 years of experience in developing and manufacturing hi-tech electronic products, and as one of Microsoft’s key China Technology Ecosystem (CTE) partners, E-Huge will continue to develop new Windows devices suited for the varying needs of consumers today.

“We have been channelling focused efforts and resources on Windows devices development, which covers both hardware and software integration and development. Last year alone, we shipped over 450,000 units of Windows devices to markets worldwide. Our goal is to provide innovative yet competitive solutions that boast good quality and cater to the demands of markets worldwide, and we see Singapore as an important market in our global expansion plans,” said Roger Chan, General Manager of E-Huge Technology Limited.

“The Grace 10 Light tablet that is launched under our brand, WMP, also represents our vision of ‘We aiM for Pride.’ Our goal is to produce innovative products that are affordable and enjoyable which will appeal to everyone, as we hope that our customers can start their colourful and exciting technology journey with us!”

“At Microsoft, we believe that technology should be functional yet personal. Windows 10 offers an opportunity for our partners to deliver a more personal computing experience by delivering a wider range of products that are suited for every needs. We are heartened that since launch, we have seen more than 200 million devices on Windows 10. This is indeed testament from our customers on the operating system that is delivering a familiar yet innovative experience,” said Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore.

“We are pleased to see our partners such as E-Huge Technology Limited and BEST Denki delivering a broad range of new, attractive and functional Windows devices for customers in Singapore. The Grace 10 Light Hello Kitty Limited Edition Windows 10 tablet is a start, and we believe that this will be a start for many other Windows 10 devices to come.”

More information about the product and ongoing deals can be found at https://go.bestdenki.com.sg/promo/hello-kitty-tablet.

*Terms and Conditions apply, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/singapore/promos/ for details.

About Best Denki Best Denki is a leading electrical and electronics retailer which provides the widest and largest range of electronics products.

About E-Huge Technology Limited Founded in 1994, E-Huge Technology Limited is an innovative corporation who providing a total solution of Microsoft IT and Consumer Electronics product development.

About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Microsoft Singapore, IN.FOM, E-Huge Technology Limited and BEST Denki *

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was launched a few months back in November 2015 and I had the opportunity to take a look at the Surface Pro 4 launch, viewed the different works of professionals from various industries on how the Surface Pro 4 applies and works for them in their respective profession. Having seen the Surface Pro from its first edition to its 4th edition, the Surface Pro 4 had improved significantly throughout the years, with improved technical specifications and operating system.

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At the Surface Pro 4 event, I met my friend Clayton Lai, a talented photographer friend, a master filmmaker, who was one of the professionals showcasing their works using the Surface Pro 4. From my conversation with Clayton, I was able to understand more about the capabilities of the Surface Pro 4 and I am impressed with it! My friend Clayton showed me the works on his short film “The Promise” that he directed and produced, on the Surface Pro 4. This short film, “The Promise”, is touching, I wrote and shared my thoughts about his short film in one of my articles!

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The Surface Pro 4 is a lightweight and powerful tablet that is able to fulfil the needs and demands of a laptop user. This is a 2-in-1 tablet and the Surface Pro 4 lives up to its reputation and capabilities, with the combination of the power of a laptop and the single, sleek and single form factor of a tablet.

At this point in time when I am writing and sharing this article on the Surface Pro 4, in my personal humble opinion, I think there aren’t many brands and models out there at this point in time, that are able to combine the power of a laptop and a tablet nicely together. In the near future, there might be more different brands coming out with their own 2-in-1 laptop/tablet to compete against the Surface Pro 4. Until then, I reckon Surface Pro 4 is leading the race.

Could this Surface Pro 4 be the 2-in-1 laptop/tablet that I am looking for? It might just be the one.

Let me share with you some key information and details of the Surface Pro 4 from the press release information –

“Surface Pro 4 brings together the performance of a laptop and the full power of Windows 10 with the portability of tablet,” said Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore. “Surface has transformed the category by focusing on productivity, creating a highly versatile device that people love to use.”

Surface Pro 4 and accessories

At only 8.4 mm thin, Surface Pro 4 features Windows 10 Pro, a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and 6th Generation Intel® Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, enabling everyone from students to professionals to get more done on the go. Starting at S$1,399, Surface Pro 4 is not only 30 percent more powerful than Surface Pro 3 but also quieter, runs cooler and is even more efficient with up to nine hours of battery life[1]

“The 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family sets a new standard of computing with enhanced performance, graphics, and battery life, making possible the remarkable performance and power-efficiency you see in ultrathin devices like Surface Pro 4,” said George Chacko, Director, Pricing & Product Marketing Group, Intel Asia Pacific & Japan. “Together with Microsoft, Intel is constantly pushing the limits of personal computing with state-of-the-art experiences, and we’re very excited to bring these innovations to market with Surface Pro 4.”

A recent survey conducted by Microsoft with 1,200 Asian consumers[1] under the age of 25 years of age also found that 42% of respondents wished to get a new 2-in-1, tablet or laptop device this festive season. The Surface Pro 4 is a great device that combines the portability of a tablet with the power of a laptop in a single, sleek and light form factor.

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover[1], take Surface Pro 4 from tablet to laptop in an instant and features a redesigned mechanical keyboard with optimal key spacing for fast and fluid typing. The redesigned Surface Pen packs 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, letting you write, draw and mark documents with precision ink on one end and an eraser on the other.

Surface Pro 4 for Business

With Surface Pro 4, Microsoft’s commitment to business continues with the largest set of early adopters of a Surface device in business ever. Already, customers from a variety of industries including mobile field sales, professional services, energy and the public sector have purchased Surface Pro 4 to help streamline operations and help employees maximise productivity.

Additionally, Microsoft will double the commercial reseller channels in Asia Pacific to 300 partners by early next year, including 20 commercial resellers in Singapore, so businesses can more quickly and easily incorporate Surface into their environments.

Availability

Customers can purchase Surface Pro 4[2], starting at an estimated retail price of S$1,399 by visiting microsoftstore.com and across the four authorised retailers including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead across 70 stores.

More information on the Surface Pro 4 is available on www.microsoft.com/surface/sg

[1] Type Cover sold separately.

[2] Surface Pro 4 CoreTM i7 models will start shipping from 10 December 2015.

[1] An online survey conducted in conjunction with YouGov in the following markets with 1200 youths under the age of 25: Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, China, Japan, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Technical Specifications

Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Exterior Dimensions: 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.4 mm)

6th Generation Intel® Core™ m weight: 1.69 lbs. (766 g)

6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 weight: 1.73 lbs. (786 g)

 

Mechanical features: Magnesium body, kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge, magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability

Color: Silver

Physical buttons: volume, power

Display Screen: 12.3-inch PixelSense™ Display

Resolution: 2736×1824 (267 ppi)

Contrast ratio: 1300:1

Aspect ratio: 3:2

100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated

Touch: 10-point multitouch with GPU-based processing

Processor 6th Generation Intel® Core™ m3, Core™ i5 or Core™ i7
Graphics Intel® HD graphics 515 (Intel® Core™ m3)

Intel® HD graphics 520 (Intel® Core™ i5)

Intel® Iris™ graphics 540 (Intel® Core™ i7)

Memory 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM
Storage Solid-state drive (SSD) PCIe 3.0: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB[1]
Security TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
Pen Surface Pen

1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity

Magnetic storage

Network 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless technology

Battery Up to 9 hours of battery life for video playback2
Cameras Windows Hello face-authentication camera (front-facing)

8.0 megapixel rear-facing auto-focus camera, with 1080p HD camera

5.0 megapixel front-facing 1080p HD camera

Audio Stereo microphones

Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio

Ports Full-size USB 3.0

Mini DisplayPort

microSD™ card reader (UHS-I performance)

Stereo headphones/microphone jack

Type Cover

Surface Connect for power and docking

Sensors Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Magnetometer

Power supply 24W power supply (Intel® Core™ m3)

36W power supply with USB charging port (Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7)

In the box Surface Pro 4

Surface Pen

Power supply

Quick Start Guide

Safety and warranty documents

Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty6

* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *

Windows 10 has arrived

On July 28th 2015, Microsoft Corp, announced that Windows 10 will become available as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. People around the world will celebrate the launch of Windows 10 Wednesday at fan celebrations in 13 countries and via a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. Singapore was one of the countries that had a fan celebration to welcome the arrival of the Windows 10.

Let me share with you some key information and details of Windows 10 from the press release –

“A new era of Windows starts today. From the beginning, Windows 10 has been unique — built with feedback from over 5 million fans, delivered as a service and offered as a free upgrade,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, at Microsoft. “Windows 10 delivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience. Along with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the best Windows ever, which will empower people and organizations around the world to do great things.”

Windows 10: Best Windows ever

Windows 10 is fast and familiar — with the return of the Start menu and Live Tiles for instant, streaming updates of what matters most. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows Microsoft has ever released, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing and innovations such as Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in.3 Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.

Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs. It’s designed to work with Office and Skype and allows you to switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 offers many innovative experiences and devices, including the following:

  • Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time.
  • New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.
  • The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
  • Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes.
  • Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
  • A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
  • The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store.4 Built for work on-the-go, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. For digital note-taking needs, the full-featured OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The upcoming release of the Office desktop apps (Office 2016) will offer the richest feature set for professional content creation. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimized for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro.

Windows 10: Best platform for businesses

Feedback from millions of IT pros has shaped Windows 10, the most extensively tested version of Windows ever. Ready for corporate deployments, Windows 10 will help companies protect against modern cyberattacks, deliver experiences their employees will love and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps companies up-to-date with the latest technology. Businesses will be able to control the frequency of their updates and select the features and functionality that are right for each group of their employees.

Windows 10 includes built-in, enterprise-grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust. New management and deployment tools simplify device management, help lower costs, and enable companies to power their business with the enterprise strength of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Top apps available on Windows 10

The new Windows Store will open Wednesday and begin accepting new apps for Windows 10. The Windows Store offers one-stop shopping for popular free and paid apps, games, movies, TV shows and the latest music, which can work across all Windows 10 devices. The new Windows Store is the only store where people can use Cortana to control apps with their voice5and get real-time notifications on their app tiles. All Windows Store content is certified by Microsoft to help keep devices safer. In addition to existing Windows 8.1 apps such as Netflix, Flipboard, Mint.com, “Asphalt 8: Airborne” and The Weather Channel, the Windows Store provides a constant stream of new and updated Universal Windows Apps and games, including Twitter, “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta,” Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, “Candy Crush Saga” and others including WeChat and QQ, which will launch soon.6

Easy upgrade, devices now available

Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting Wednesday, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting Aug. 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

Retail partners are ready to help people upgrade to Windows 10 with our largest tech bench program ever, including more than 100,000 trained retailers and tens of thousands of stores around the world. Free upgrade programs will be available Wednesday, with Windows 10 software becoming broadly available in retail stores around the world between mid-August and September. Devices running Windows 10 will be available in some retail stores on Wednesday, with many, many more devices to become available in the weeks and months ahead.

Microsoft has also worked closely with retailers to introduce programs to help people easily upgrade, including Best Buy, Bic Camera, Croma, Currys/PC World, Darty, Elkjøp, Fnac, Jarrir, Incredible Connection, Media Markt, Staples, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi and many more leading retailers from around the world.

Information on upgrading, new and compatible devices, and apps for Windows can be found at http://www.windows.com. Additional information and media assets are available at http://blogs.windows.com/launch.

* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *