Gulf countries to get Windows Phone 8

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.07.2012 at 14:47

In a blog post, the Windows Phone team announced the list of countries where Windows Phone 8 would be available.

Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Kuwait are among the countries slated to get both the Windows Phone 8 App Hub as well as the Marketplace.

This is definitely a step in the right direction, keeping in mind Windows Phone 7 which was not available in the Gulf.

Below is list from the Windows Team blog, subject to change. Click to expand.

The Windows Phone Marketplace and AppHub for developers are coming to more countries and regions for Windows Phone 8.

Gulf Lync Launch

by Shijaz Abdulla on 30.01.2011 at 15:59

In partnership with Jabra and Polycom, Microsoft cordially invites you to attend the exclusive Unified Communications Launch roadshow in the Gulf region. Success in today’s business world hinges on collaboration – whether it’s with other employees, clients, partners, or vendors. Now there’s a way for your organization to transform every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere

Register now for the Lync Roadshow in your city!

Why attend?
Meet international subject matter experts from Jabra, Polycom and Microsoft and learn the latest trends and cutting-edge technologies in the Unified Communications space.
Jabra’s award-winning corded and wireless headset solutions integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Lync providing a reliable, easy to use and cost effective user experience across multiple devices and platforms.
Polycom provides a complete, standards-based, and interoperable UC solution for voice, video, conferencing, and collaboration, giving customers a choice through the scalable Polycom infrastructure and Microsoft Lyncâ„¢ platform
Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2010 is the next generation of Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offers organizations a wide range of option

  • A single interface that unites voice communications, presence and instant messaging, and audio/video/web conferencing into a solution that can enhance or replace existing systems.
  • A familiar user experience accessible through Microsoft® Office, Microsoft SharePoint®,
    and Microsoft Exchange.
  • A single identity that connects users to contacts inside and outside the organization.
  • A consistent experience across PC, phone, web, or mobile that gives users the option to connect
    from multiple devices.
  • Exceptional security and reliability that works with Active Directory® and Microsoft Forefront®.
  • Interoperability with existing systems for smoother deployment and migration.

A rich platform for development, bringing unified communications into custom solutions ranging from business workflows to line-of-business applications.

February 5th 2011 – Oman
February 6th 2011 – Bahrain
February 7th 2011 – Qatar
February 8th 2011 – Kuwait
February 9th 2011 – UAE

Register now for the Lync Roadshow in your city!

Microsoft’s exclusive keynote session at GITEX Dubai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.10.2010 at 09:23

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Steven Guggenheimer
Corporate Vice President Original Equipment Manufacturer Microsoft

Steven “Guggs” Guggenheimer returns to Dubai and Gitex to present an update on Microsoft Innovation and how that equals Opportunity for you.

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 Steven will share Microsoft software innovations for phones, slates, netbooks, laptop PCs, gaming PCs, television, servers and the Cloud.

As corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division at Microsoft Corp., Steve Guggenheimer oversees worldwide sales, marketing and licensing of pre-installed Windows operating systems on mobile and embedded devices, personal computers, and servers produced by OEMs and system builders.

The other main focus of Mr Guggenheimer’s key note address will be Windows Phone 7, and how it is changing Microsoft’s game play in the mobile space. He will explain why Windows Phone 7 is a different kind of phone, designed to bring together what people care about most, the key differentiator being the user interface. He will talk about the “glance-and-go experience” and how it has been designed to do more in less steps, getting everything you love, easier and faster.

You are cordially invited to attend this Microsoft Exclusive Premiere Event at GITEX Technology Week 2010!

Date:     Monday, 18 October 2010
Time:     2:00PM
Venue:   Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Maktoum Hall

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Exclusive Cocktail Reception
Join us for a cocktail reception prior to the keynote session and get the chance to engage with Microsoft and fellow experts from the industry.

Date:     Monday, 18 October 2010
Time:     1:00PM – 2:00PM
Venue:   Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Maktoum Hall

82.6% of PC threats in the UAE are Malware: Microsoft report

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.05.2010 at 17:25

United_Arab_Emirates As per the latest report published by Microsoft, based on feedback from the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). The MSRT is usually executed as part of Windows Update and currently has a user base of 500+ million computers worldwide running Windows.

The UAE were one of the countries included in the report.

However, the number of computers infected with malware in the UAE is lower than the worldwide average with only 5.8 infected computers for every 1000 computers in the country.

According to the analysis, the UAE is ‘dominated’ by malware, which accounts for 82.6% of all threats detected on infected computers. The most common category of malware in the country was found to be worms (23%) which have the ability to spread via mapped drives with missing or weak passwords or by using USB flash drives.

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Microsoft Business Intelligence Roadshow

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 11:06

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Meet Tech·Ed Middle East’s Top Voted Speaker at the Business Intelligence Roadshow.

Rafal Lukawiecki, International Business Intelligence speaker, will be telling you all about simplifying performance management and business intelligence.

Join us at this exclusive event as he demonstrates to you how these solutions can easily be used in your day-to-day business scenarios.

With a special focus on Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft® Office System 2010, this will be a full day seminar with exciting presentations and live videos from the business intelligence performance management expert.

UAE

April 26, 2010

The Westin, Dubai
Serdaal Ballroom

Qatar

April 28, 2010

Four Seasons Hotel

Kuwait

April 29,2010

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’s
Al Bida’s Ballroom

 

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Windows phone @ Yas Marina Circuit

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.04.2010 at 16:46

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Tickets start at AED 50 and more information can be found at www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

Orkut blocked

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.11.2007 at 17:13

I’ve just realized that Orkut is blocked inside the UAE. I don’t know why, but there’s probably a good reason as to why they blocked Orkut and Hi5, while they still allow Facebook!


I’m gonna miss scrapping my buddies!

See also: Why Facebook is not blocked by Etisalat