Microsoft launched portal for developers of indian

A portal for Indian developers  launched by Microsoft

 Global software major Microsofthas built a dedicated portal for its Indian developers with a community-based platform to network and engage, its Indian subsidiary said. 

"The collaborative portal will also offer expert guidance to developers and remotely solve their queries, empowering them to be efficient as they go from idea to app (application)," the company said in a statement here. 

With 1.6 million developers in India, which is its second largest community after the US, the company has designed the portal to offer a rich set of functionality to help them leverage collective computing power. 

"As a powerful tool, the portal ( allows our developers in India to connect with their peers the world over. Our experts are also a click away for them," Microsoft Corporation (India) Ltd strategic audience marketing director Pratima Amonkar said in the statement. 

The new portal will enable developers to post their app ideas in an area called 'Perspective'. 

"Community blogs and social feeds in the 'connect' area allow developers to share stories, seek advice and connect with our experts at Redmond and other offices worldwide," Amonkar said. 

As a single point of entry for all developers, the portal enables finding right information from different locations, which may be difficult to access otherwise. 

"The developer network will provide opportunity for the community to engage with the company and each other," Amonkar noted. 

Microsoft is the only company that allows developers to leverage their skills and reuse code to build apps, the statement said. 

The company' flagship product Windows is also the only platform that offers consistency through a common core across device and service to shape the apps ecosystem and providing developers the prospect to maximise their revenues.

Govt planning to give 2.5 crore mobile phones, 90 lakh tablets free

In another mega scheme to woo the poor, the Centre proposes to spend Rs 7,860 crore distributing 2.5 crore mobile phones and 90 lakh tablets virtually free of cost to targeted beneficiaries over the next four years starting 2014-15, in the name of bridging the digital divide in the country.,width-300,resizemode-4/Farmer-Mobile-Graphic.jpg 
The targeted beneficiaries will get mobile phones that will come bundled with free connection charges for two years.

Similarly, tablets will be given away to students of classes XI and XII, both in rural and urban areas. These gadgets will have free data card connection for two years.

The proposal has been sent to the telecom commission by the department of telecommunication (DoT). After it's approved by the commission, the plan will be sent to the Union cabinet.

States to decide beneficiaries :

The programme will be implemented by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd on behalf of the government. In the first year, 25 lakh mobile phones and 15 lakh tablets are proposed to be distributed at a cost of Rs 395 crore and Rs 772.5 crore, respectively. In the second year, the department aims to give away 50 lakh phones and 35 lakh tablets at a cost of Rs 880 crore and Rs 1,858.75 crore, respectively.

In the third year, 75 lakh people will get phones at an expenditure of Rs 1,365 crore and 40 lakh students will be given free tablets at a cost of Rs 2,191.25 crore. In the fourth year, the free tablets program will end but will still cost the department Rs 150 crore in providing services for the data card connections. The department will spend Rs 1,850 crore in distributing the remaining handsets.

While the administrative and distribution charges for each mobile phone will be Rs 320, for tablets this cost will come to Rs 900.

In the case of tablets, beneficiary will get device and data connectivity for a maximum period of 2 years or his/her duration of study at school, whichever is less. The service provider will give a free package of 75 minutes talk time, 75 SMSes and 500 MB data usage every month.

The proposal says selection of beneficiaries for the programme will be done by state governments. But they will have to meet broad guidelines fixed by the department — only one beneficiary from each family covered under MGNREGA and 30% 'open' beneficiaries for mobile phones.

For tablets, the government will target students of classes XI and XII studying in government schools who are not covered by other similar schemes. The list of eligible students would be provided by school  authorities and authenticated by state governments.

Funding for the programmes will from the Universal Service Obligation Fund, which is being realized through a levy of 5% on telecom services revenues from operators. Till March 31, 2013, this kitty had nearly Rs 28,000 crore and Rs 6,500 crore was being added every year.

Samsung launching ultra-HD TVs starting @ Rs 3.25L

Consumer electronics major Samsung unveiled seven new products across verticals, including two models of ultra high definition, that are expected to be launched in Indian market this month at prices of Rs 3.25 lakh and Rs 4.40 lakh, respectively. 

A company official said that the TV sets would be available for Indian markets this month and would be priced at approximately Rs 3.25 lakh and Rs 4.40 lakh for 55-inch and 65-inch, respectively.,width-300,resizemode-4/Samsungjan12.jpg 
Samsung unveiled seven new products across verticals, including two models of ultra high definition.

Besides, the company announced the launch of 55 inch OLED TV which had been made available in the European markets at a price of 8,000 euro. 

"The UHD TV would give views an unique TV watching experience and sharper image quality. With just one Connect Box it would also give customers a relief from hassles of cable wires," Michael Zoller Senior Director European Sales and Marketing at Samsung said, adding Samsung is in the business of making TV for 40 years now. 

The company unveiled two commercial monitors with screen sizes of 98 inch and 31.5 inches. 

Samsung at the event showcased new products in across product range which included refrigerators, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and range of computer printers.

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