Microsoft keeps Paint in its software palette

This week at Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile trade show, there are a lot of new devices had participated to the Windows 10 family from ALCATEL, HP, Huawei, Trinity, Lenovo, Panasonic and VAIO. "We are also committed to helping create all new opportunities for our customers and developers across the entire Internet of Things, as our recent Open Connectivity Foundation support illustrated. Ultimately, we continue to want the world to love Windows. And we want everyone to experience the best Windows experience – Windows 10. We’ll keep working hard for you and look forward to sharing more on our vision at Build on March 31", Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group said. Here’s a closer look at some of new device showcased at Mobile World Congress: HP Elite x3 – is an innovative new Windows 10 mobile device. With a unique new docking station, the Elite x3 brings Continuum to life in new ways, seamlessly transitioning between a phone, notebook or desktop. The Elite x3 also utilises Windows Hello biometrics to unlock the device with enterprise-grade security – adding an extra layer of protection for enterprise customers. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor provides a powerful chipset for fast performance. The HP Elite x3 will be available globally this summer. VAIO Phone Biz – VAIO’s new Windows 10 phone combines beauty and durability, with its machined aluminum casing. The SIM-free device is designed to operate seamlessly on international networks, making it ideal for business travel. It…... [read more]

Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of Windows 8.1, a feature-rich update to its popular Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives—at work, at home or on the go. >> Experience a wider world with Microsoft and the new Windows Beginning today, consumers with a Windows 8 device in more than 230 markets and 37 languages can download the free update via the online Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting October 18 at retail locations around the world. Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly-personalised computing while showcasing Microsoft's continued commitment to rapid and responsive development. It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses—from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s to the productive experience expected from laptops and all-in-ones. Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points. Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customisation refinements, functional improvements and new innovation including: Highly personal. An improved and more customisable Start screen with variable tile sizes, more background designs and colors so that each Windows device will look completely unique and personal to the individual. In addition, customers can choose how to start their Windows experience - at the Start Screen or directly in the familiar Windows desktop. More familiar and easy to navigate. As an iconic part…... [read more]

Microsoft gave a sneak preview of Windows 8, a next-generation operating system designed to work on both personal computers and touchscreen tablets. "Laptops, slates, desktops -- all can run one operating system," Sinofsky said. "Things that people see work... on an iPad, I think we can do that and then bring with it all of the benefits that you have with Windows," he said. "We have an approach that is different but builds on the value of an operating system that sells 400 million or so units a year," he said. "Windows 8" builds upon many of the features in Microsoft's latest mobile operating system for smartphones, Windows Phone 7, including the use of touch "tiles" instead of icons to launch and navigate between applications. In a blog post, Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president of Windows Experience, said Windows 8 is a "reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. "A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse," Larson-Green said. "Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard," she added. Larson-Green said Microsoft would reveal more features of Windows 8, which uses Internet Explorer 10 as a Web browser, at its developers conference in Anaheim, California, opening on September 13. Windows powers most of the world's personal computers but the Redmond, Washington-based software giant has been…... [read more]

Microsoft today announced that Windows Intune will be available for purchase or a free 30-day trial in more than 35 countries from March 23. Windows Intune builds on Microsoft history of delivering cloud services at scale, including Hotmail and Windows Update, and leverages Microsoft's cloud experience with Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and Office 36 to give customers Windows experience possible by providing the tools IT professionals need to ensure their employees can be productive and secure from virtually anywhere. Windows Intune also includes upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise, so customers can standardize on a single version of Windows, making management of their PC environment easier and more efficient. "We thank the thousands of beta users from around the world for their feedback, suggestions and ideas - we are excited to introduce the final version of Windows Intune to you. Beta testers currently using the second beta of Windows Intune can continue using the beta until April 18," said Gavriella Schuster, general manager, Microsoft, Commercial Product. Last July Microsoft announced the availability of the second beta of Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud solution for PC management. Trang Anh (vir.com.vn)... [read more]

For American travelers itching to visit Saigon but are discouraged by the four-digit air fares, the time has come to scratch that itch. Three of the world’s top airlines, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways and Asiana, are rolling out round-trip flights between nine U.S. cities and Saigon starting from just $484. Condé Nast Traveler said on Monday, citing Scott Keyes who founded Scott’s Cheap Flights, that the deals are valid for select dates between September and December 2017, and include the Thanksgiving weekend but not Christmas. Some of the routes include day-long transits in Hong Kong Tokyo, or Seoul, which could be either a burden or a blessing depending on the way you look at it. The roundtrip prices are: $484 from Los Angeles, $485 from San Jose, $486 from San Francisco, $498 from Seattle, $519 from Chicago, $528 from Honolulu, $547 from New York, $556 from Newark and $595 from Washington, D.C. According to Keyes, the cheap tickets will probably be gone in two days, so if you've had your eye on Vietnam and its bustling southern metropolis, you need to act fast. He said visitors might have to do some research. He recommended using the Google Flights’ calendar to find dates with the best fares. After narrowing down their travel dates, they can head over to Momondo, a popular site with exclusive flight deals, and use those dates to see if they can dig up a better price. Americans are among the top foreign visitors to Vietnam. Their…... [read more]

Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked Uber Group to share its database to help the city manage the number of cars and individuals in the network and income tax collection. — Photo ictnews.vn Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked Uber Group to share its database to help the city manage the number of cars and individuals in the network and income tax collection. He also asked the group to provide information with the city to reach mutual agreement on development plans to avoid traffic jams. The chairman met with the company’s representatives during his working trip to the US last week. Chung said that Uber was a pioneering company in using social resources and idle cars for customer transport, helping them improve incomes and build a form of transport in the city. Ha Noi wants to use its technology for traffic management, and asked the group to obey all Ha Noi’s regulations and Viet Nam’s laws, he said. However, the drawback of Uber’s business plan was its adverse impact on the city’s traditional taxi firms, he added. Thuan Pham, Uber chief technology officer, affirmed that he would convey the request to Uber’s management board. He also agreed that Uber drivers should pay tax and committed to working with city authority on the issue. During the visit Chung also held working sessions with leaders of San Francisco and Utah. …... [read more]

Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked Uber Group to share its database to help the city manage the number of cars and individuals in the network and income tax collection. Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked Uber Group to share its database to help the city manage the number of cars and individuals in the network and income tax collection. Photo ictnews.vn He also asked the group to provide information with the city to reach mutual agreement on development plans to avoid traffic jams. The chairman met with the company’s representatives during his working trip to the US last week. Chung said that Uber was a pioneering company in using social resources and idle cars for customer transport, helping them improve incomes and build a form of transport in the city. Ha Noi wants to use its technology for traffic management, and asked the group to obey all Ha Noi’s regulations and Viet Nam’s laws, he said. However, the drawback of Uber’s business plan was its adverse impact on the city’s traditional taxi firms, he added. Thuan Pham, Uber chief technology officer, affirmed that he would convey the request to Uber’s management board. He also agreed that Uber drivers should pay tax and committed to working with city authority on the issue. During the visit Chung also held working sessions…... [read more]

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the most important events in 2005 were the 30th anniversary of the end of the US war in Vietnam and PM Phan Van Khai’s tour of the US in late June, which captured the world’s public attention. Both sides deemed the visit necessary as it met their interests. After the release of their joint declaration, numerous high-level meetings were held more regularly to discuss issues of common concern towards expanding bilateral relations and preventing differences from affecting the common trend of development. During Mr Khai’s visit, accompanied businesses were active in seeking new markets to pave the way for consuming export products. In terms of economic and trade ties, two-way trade turnover is estimated to jump to US$7 billion in 2005 from US$6.5 billion in 2004. So far, the US remains Vietnam’s largest export market. In recent times, the number of US tourists to Vietnam has experienced sharp increases. By the end of November 2005, US travellers numbered 299,442, up by 21 percent against the same period of 2004. The result was attributed to Vietnam being considered a safe destination and its secure social order and political stability. Travel between the two countries is also more convenient after the San Francisco-HCM City direct flight was opened more than a year ago. However, US investment in Vietnam is still modest as the country ranks 10th among 69 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with 245 projects worth US$1.4 billion. This is only the direct…... [read more]

The event not only has diplomatic significance for the growing ties between Vietnam and the US but also elevates the position of Vietnam – an independent and sovereign nation in the international community. Subsequently, the country maintains its unshakable position in the face of subversive schemes by hostile forces living both inside and outside the country. Over the past 34 years, Vietnam has struggled tirelessly against extremist acts by a number of Vietnamese nationals in the US who continue using the issue of the “red” or “yellow” colour as a pretext to sabotage the country. Because they lack the correct information and have been incited by hostile forces, some local administrations in the US even adopted resolutions recognising the three-stripped yellow flag of the former puppet regime in southern Vietnam. So it is not easy to fly Vietnam’s national flag in the US. The flag flying speaks for itself and underlines that the relationship between Vietnam and the US is developing healthily. This is attributed to Vietnam’s constant efforts to establish relations with the California administration, helping them understand more about the Southeast Asian nation and make decisions in line with the international community and overcome opposition from anti-communist figures that bear a grudge against the new regime. The event came as a psychological relief to hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese nationals living in San Francisco – the largest city in California. Currently, the US is home to approximately 1.5 million Vietnamese, of whom about 700,000 live in California. Most…... [read more]

In the first document, Vietnam plead with specificity the legal arguments for its opposition to China’s illegal placement of Haiyang Shiyou-981, countering all of the allegations China set forth in its notes dated May 22 and June 9 to the UN Secretary General. Vietnam hypothesises that China is wilfully and purposefully escalating tensions in the East Sea by positioning its oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf where Vietnam enjoys the rights of coastal countries in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). To enforce the illegal trespass, China has dispatched more than 100 escort vessels, including military ships, into Vietnamese waters ramming and firing water cannons at Vietnam’s law enforcement boats; wreaking havoc to lives and property, and sinking one Vietnamese fishing vessel. Vietnam has spared no effort to defuse tensions and initiate measures to bring about a peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute through diplomacy and dialogue, but its gestures have been rejected by the Chinese side. The second document affirms Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel islands and exposes China’s historical and legal claims of sovereignty over the group of islands (called Xisha in China) as meritless. The Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs identified with specificity the discrepancies between the historical evidence which is inconsistent with China’s claims regarding the Paracel Islands, specifically pinpointing the Chinese assertions that are unclear, incorrect or arbitrarily interpreted. Meanwhile, Vietnam has provided historical documents evidencing that the country established its sovereignty over the archipelago…... [read more]




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