More settlements expected as computer reseller respond positively to nationwide anti-piracy campaign
Microsoft Gulf has announced that Dubai-based computer reseller Storm Computers has agreed to an out-of-court civil settlement, following a raid on the store a few months earlier.
Storm Computers was purportedly found to be selling personal computers loaded with pirated versions of MicrosoftÂ® software. Pirated CDs were also seized during the operation and two Storm employees were arrested. Under the terms of the civil settlement Storm Computers will only sell and distribute genuine Microsoft software to their customers in the future. Both parties also agreed to an undisclosed amount of damages. Read more
Microsoft Chooses UAE to Host First Ever Tech.Ed Middle East Event
Microsoft Gulf today announced that it will host the regionâ€™s first ever Tech.Ed Middle East 2010 event from March 1-3, 2010 at the Dubai World Trade Center. Tech.Ed is Microsoftâ€™s premier technical education event that takes place across select locations globally. UAE will be one of the top 10 locations selected by Microsoft globally to host Tech.Ed in 2010 with the aim of connecting technology professionals to broad set of current and future Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms and services.
Tech.Edâ€™s reputation as one of the leading technology conferences globally, is set to attract the regionâ€™s best technology professionals, developers, and global technology experts who will deliver sessions, provide hands-on training and in-depth product knowledge on Microsoft technologies. Attendees will experience world-class demonstrations of leading technology solutions that are designed to enhance productivity and meet the demands of tech savvy customers. Read more
United Arab Emirates University Chooses Microsoft High Performance Computing to Impart Advanced Technology Training
United Arab Emirates University Becomes First Academic Institution in the Gulf to Deploy Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server 2008
Microsoft Gulf today announced that the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has deployed the Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server 2008, making it the first academic institution in the Gulf to deploy Microsoftâ€™s high performance computing technologies for teaching purposes. The major objective of the collaboration between Microsoft and UAEU is around the development of a lab running Windows HPC Server 2008 for teaching the undergraduate students of the College of Information Technology (CIT) the latest developments in the fields of parallel computing and multi-core processing. Read more
Conducts five anti-piracy raids on resellers selling pirated software in UAE
As part its ongoing efforts to curb the spread of pirated software, to protect customers and ensure a level playing field for the regionâ€™s legitimate resellers, Microsoft Gulf today announced that it had filed criminal complaints which led to five anti-piracy raids on resellers in the UAE during the last month. Raids were conducted in Dubai and Sharjah; resulting in the confiscation of pirated software CDs and personal computers (PCs) and laptops loaded with pirated copies of Microsoft software.
As an active member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the international association established by the global software industry to promote a safe and legal digital world, Microsoft continues to educate customers and partners about the negative effects of software piracy on the local economy and to increase awareness about the risks of counterfeit to consumers using counterfeit or hacked software, such as exposure to security issues like viruses, identify or credit card theft. By partnering with local government bodies, Microsoft has also stepped up its regional efforts to take legal steps against those who manufacture and distribute illegal software. Read more
Online portal to provide region-wide resource and guidance on intellectual property
The League of Arab States, Microsoft Corp. and Khasawneh & Associates (a member of KSLG) today announced the launch of the Arab Intellectual Property Centre, an online portal which will provide a central hub for best practice sharing and legal resources on intellectual property in the Arab region. The site aims to provide the Arab region with assistance in its efforts to promote the protection of intellectual property by providing a central database on intellectual property and internet crime issues within the region, including an extensive collection of regional laws and regulations, international treaties and agreements and intellectual property case law from around the Middle East region. Read more
Microsoftâ€™s most advanced operating system has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and will be launched in the Gulf later this year
Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next versions of its flagship desktop and server operating systems. With the completion of the development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 general worldwide launches. For volume licensing customers, the Windows 7 code will be available for download within the next few weeks and for Windows Server 2008 R2, the code will be available during the second half of August. Read more
Microsoft Gulf and Intel demonstrate new levels of power, price and performance with CRM scalability benchmark
Enterprise-class scalability with reduced costs and environmental impact for on-premise and on-demand Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments
Microsoft Gulf and Intel Corporation announced performance results today for Microsoft Dynamics CRM that set new enterprise standards for scalability, cost and environmental sustainability. Through a combination of enterprise-class software and the latest IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processor 5500 series, which can reduce server power consumption by up to 30 percent, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 scaled to more than 50,000 concurrent users over a high-volume workload â€” while experiencing subsecond response times. Read more
Microsoft Gulf today signed ITE Distribution, one of the leading regional IT distribution companies, as an authorized distributor for Microsoft Hardware line-up and Mac Office in the region.
The strategic move comes in line with Microsoftâ€™s commitment towards empowering the channel with leading product PC hardware such as Microsoft gaming devices, keyboards, mice, webcams, and headsets, as well as the highly demanded, Microsoft Mac Office.
The Dubai based ITE will be responsible for distributing in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain. Read more
Microsoft Gulf hosts regionâ€™s first â€˜DigiGirlz Dayâ€™ in partnership with Dubai Womenâ€™s College
Event aims to educate and inspire girls to pursue careers in technology
Microsoft Gulf and Dubai Womenâ€™s College hosted the regionâ€™s first ever DigiGirlz Day in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Center for Women and Technology for the Arab Region (CWTAR) at the campus of Dubai Womenâ€™s College (DWC). The goal is to educate and inspire girls by introducing them to the many opportunities and career choices available in the high-tech industry. In addition, Microsoft hopes that this initiative will encourage more young women to pursue degrees and careers in computing science and computer engineering, with the ultimate goal of narrowing the gender gap in the industry.
â€œMicrosoftâ€™s goal is to inspire a young generation with technology and encourage them to contribute towards the development of a knowledge society. DigiGirlz is an effort to show high-school girl students what the technology industry is all about, what careers are available and to let them see how exciting it is to create something that can truly impact a large number of people,â€ said Dr. Zaki Khoury, Education and Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Gulf. Read more
Bahrain Teamâ€™s Project â€˜Cash Trashâ€™ Chosen as the Winning Innovation
Microsoft Gulf today announced the regional winners of the Imagine Cup 2009 after an intense competition amongst finalists from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE. The four-member team from University of Bahrain (UOB), Ahmed Majdi; Mahmoud Al Refy; Mohamed Anwar and Ghassan Ali celebrated their first-place finish in the regional finals. The second runners-up was the team from BITS Pilani Dubai and UAE University (joint team) and the third runner-up was the team from the University of Sharjah. All three teams will represent the region and participate at the global finals of the Imagine Cup that is being held in Cairo, Egypt later this year.
This year students took on the important challenge of â€œimagining a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today.â€ Each team had twenty minutes to present their work to a panel of judges comprising of senior members from the enterprise and government sectors. Read more