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Infosys, Microsoft to Offer New Solutions for Digital Shift: Report

JCI is also transforming traditional building systems with services that merge the physical and digital worlds

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Global software majors Infosys and Microsoft on Wednesday tied up to jointly offer new solutions to clients worldwide for accelerating their digital transformation.

“We have entered into a collaboration with Microsoft and JCI (Johnson Controls International) to deliver smart buildings and space solutions for accelerating the convergence of physical and digital infrastructure,” said the city-based IT behemoth in a statement here.

The US-based software product giant has named Infosys the ‘Microsoft 2019 global alliance SI (system integrator) partner of the year’ for demonstrating innovation, implementation of its technologies and delivering quality, the statement said.

Besides building solutions to vertical markets by optimizing energy, water consumption and improving space utilization, JCI delivers improvements to help customers achieve their goals.

“Our solutions will benefit from the latest technologies to improve the lifecycle of building construction, operations and user experiences of those managing and working in buildings,” the statement said.

According to the statement, as an integrator of smart space solutions, the partnership will create an ecosystem that fosters scale and speed and a desire to change the workspace by providing buildings that are safe, efficient and sustainable.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

“Our partnership with Infosys using Microsoft platforms gives customers the power to make faster, intelligent data-driven decisions to run its buildings more safely, efficiently and sustainably, and will increase productivity of their occupants,” said JCI chairman and Chief Executive George Oliver in the statement.

JCI is also showcasing how Cloud and AI (artificial intelligence) can tap into data from physical spaces to drive better engagement with occupants and achieve new levels of efficiency and sustainability.

“Infosys and Microsoft have been strategic partners for years to help clients navigate their digital journey,” said software vendor president Ravi Kumar.

JCI is also transforming traditional building systems with services that merge the physical and digital worlds.

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“Infosys and Microsoft are strengthening their joint go-to-market relationship with industry solutions focusing on cyber security, enterprise applications on Azure, Microsoft Business Applications and Data Analytics,” the statement added.

“We are working with Infosys and JCI to bring digital expertise, industry focus and a host of offerings across Azure, data, AI, digital IoT (Internet on Things) and business applications,” said Microsoft’s worldwide commercial business Vice-President Judson Althoff on the occasion. (IANS)

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More Than 112 Million People Play Minecraft A Month: Microsoft

The popularity of video game Minecraft has been growing, with Microsoft announcing that over 112 million people play it a month

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Students in Minecraft After School Program enjoying themselves and working/building together. Wikimedia Commons

The popularity of video game Minecraft has been growing, with Microsoft announcing that over 112 million people play it a month. It’s 20 million increase over the figures reported in October 2018.

Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

Given that the game is available on almost all platform, it’s no surprise that number of players keeps growing, Windows Central reported on Saturday.

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Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Wikimedia Commons

Often touted as virtual LEGO, the game is about fitting pieces together to create something amazing. The game is essentially a blank canvas and provides endless building blocks.

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But post-launch support and the ability of users to create content, even campaigns, are considered reasons behind its success. Hopefully, the title will continue to flourish and reach even greater heights, the report said. (IANS)