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Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza has been damaged after an airstrike that hit the nearby Abu Khadra government building. A residential building in the area was on fire after the strike.
In a sign of the increasing role being played by telecom operators in the emerging cloud computing ecosystem, India’s largest telco Bharti Airtel has tied up with Microsoft to sell the software giant’s office productivity suite to small and medium businesses in India.
For Airtel, the partnership will help boost its intent to derive a larger portion of revenue from data services and for Microsoft, the tie-up will give it easy access to a large pool of potential customers in India who prefer to pay for software based on what they use instead of the traditional model of high upfront investment for licences.
Currently, data services (excluding SMS) accounts for only 4.3% of Airtel’s revenues of $7.5 billion. Telcos around the world, like Etisalat in Dubai and China Telecom in China, are looking at such partnerships to drive data revenues. Microsoft has also inked similar arrangements with AT&T, Verizon, Telstra in US and Australia.
“There are 30 million small and medium businesses in the country. About 10 million of them use PCs, which gives us a ready market for Microsoft’s Office 365 and other products,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO of Bharti Airtel.
As part of the contract, Microsoft will sell its Office 365 Software – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote – as a service, with the actual software hosted on from Bharti Airtel’s data centres.
LONDON: Facebook has announced its plans to open an engineering office in London, its first engineering office outside the United States.
The new office, which will be based at Facebook’s new British headquarters in Covent Garden, will focus on the crucial and fiercely competitive field of mobile technology
It will focus on its services for third party app developers as well as its mobile products, which are seen as vital to its future success.
According to the Telegraph, Facebook sees London as a ‘hotbed’ of mobile development talent.
The new team will bring Britain closer to the heart of Facebook’s operations, the report said.
“London is a perfect fit for Facebook engineering – it’s a global hub, and it has a vibrant local start-up community with lots of great technical talent,” Philip Su, a Facebook engineer wrote in a post on the social networking site.
“Our team in London will start small, focusing on building a core of great engineers, and then grow over time and eventually focus on building products in key areas like mobile and platform,” he added.