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Microsoft Unveils e-commerce Portal For Telangana’s Handloom Weavers

Weavers are trained in the use of natural dyes to enable them to make newer and sustainable handwoven products to meet the demands of the socially and environmentally aware consumer

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Microsoft launches e-commerce portal for Telangana's handloom weavers. Pixabay

In a bid to empower handloom weavers in Telangana, Microsoft India on Saturday announced the launch of a new e-commerce portal that will help the weavers optimise operations and engage better with customers.

The “re-weave.in” will host signature collections created by the weaver communities, and showcase traditional designs and products created from natural dyes.

“With the introduction of our new e-commerce platform, digital empowerment centres and the new design curriculum, the weavers will be able to build on the rich handloom heritage of India and also reach out to a wider customer base,” Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) said in a statement.

This e-market place would help sell to a broad set of customers, which would support the weavers by increasing their income and earning a sustainable livelihood while simultaneously reviving traditional but forgotten Indian art.

Microsoft also partnered with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to curate a special curriculum in ‘CAD and Colour for Handloom Weaving’ to provide digital training in handloom design.

The tech giant has also been steadily expanding digital empowerment centres to more weaver clusters in the state.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday. VOA

“ReWeave ties very well into Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation in the communities we work in by using Project Sangam — our Azure based technology solution and expertise to democratise opportunities and bridge the digital divide,” Bhansali said.

The first batch of 100 handloom weavers at NIFT have been awarded certificates for successful design course completion.

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“These initiatives like e-commerce marketplace and design training will enable weaver communities to sustain themselves and provide livelihood to artisans,” said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & IT, Telangana.

“This also is a practical solution to motivate younger generation of weavers to continue with their traditions and not divert into other professions,” Ranjan said.

Project ReWeave also aims to help the weavers with working capital support through non-profit organisations.

Weavers are trained in the use of natural dyes to enable them to make newer and sustainable handwoven products to meet the demands of the socially and environmentally aware consumer.  (IANS)

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Microsoft Knockout: Why AWS CEO Must not Lose His Cool

Currently, 7,000 government agencies, 10,000 academic institutions and 25,000 nonprofits are using various AWS services worldwide

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

BY NISHANT ARORA

As the CEO of a $36 billion enterprise that leads the global infrastructure Cloud market with over 175 services — more than any other Cloud vendor — Andy Jassy is deeply hurt at the Microsoft’s $10 billion Pentagon Cloud win and is leaving no stone unturned to criticise the company, despite knowing the fact that a “significant political interference” killed the chances of Amazon Web Services (AWS) which was a favourite to seal the deal.

At the AWS “re: Invent” conference attended by over 60,000 people in Las Vegas last week, Jassy went after the Satya Nadella-run company at several occasions, criticising its licensing practices and making a pitch for open-source Linux operating system over Windows.

Limiting the attack on its old Cloud rival Oracle in just one slide during his keynote presentation, Jassy’s target was Microsoft all over, and the aim was to begin strides towards $3.7 trillion enterprise IT market where Microsoft has a lion’s share.

“If you look at Windows, 57 per cent of Windows in the Cloud runs on AWS operating system rather than Azure. You see this return to the ways of old from Microsoft where they’re not prioritising what matters to you guys, the customers. People are sick and tired of being pawns in this game,” said the AWS CEO.

Surprisingly, Jassy did not attack Microsoft Azure directly but its Windows and SQL Server software in the Cloud using existing licenses.

Later in the news conference, he again touched upon the subject and slammed Microsoft, this time clearly citing “significant political interference” in the US government’s decision to award the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure) contract to Microsoft.

If we look at the facts, there is not stopping Windows.

More than four years after its release, Windows 10 has passed 50 per cent in market share, meaning every other desktop computer is now running Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Windows (including older versions) has a massive 87.8 per cent global share while Linux has a poor 1.72 per cent market share worldwide. Mac OS has over 10 per cent market share globally.

Microsoft has revealed that there were more than 900 million devices running on Windows 10 and the company is edging closer to its 1 billion mark by 2020.

Riding on its commercial Cloud and Office business, Microsoft posted $33.1 billion in revenue with $10.7 billion in net income (an increase of 21 per cent) for its first quarter of fiscal year 2020.

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AWS is the Cloud arm of retail giant Amazon. Pixabay

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $10.8 billion and increased 27 per cent. Server products and cloud services revenue increased 30 per cent, driven by Azure revenue growth of 59 per cent.

Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 13 per cent, driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 25 per cent.

On the other hand, Jassy thinks that in 2020, about 80 per cent of the workloads deployed will be Linux workloads.

“We see a lot of monetisation decisions around moving Windows to Linux. And this has been happening for several years now. There’s such a vibrant community around Linux and we’re finding that all the features and all the security things happen much quicker than with OS like Windows,” Jassy told the gathering.

The truth is: His public rant against Microsoft’s enterprise IT business does not hold good as it is way ahead in this business than AWS.

AWS’s forte is Cloud and related domains where Microsoft Azure is fast growing.

AWS now spans 69 Availability Zones within 22 geographic regions around the world and has announced plans for 13 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Italy, South Africa and Spain.

According to Gartner’s Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market segment share globally, AWS is far ahead in this segment with 47.8 per cent share, followed by Microsoft at 15.5 per cent, Alibaba at 7.7 per cent and Google at a mere 4 per cent.

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Currently, 7,000 government agencies, 10,000 academic institutions and 25,000 nonprofits are using various AWS services worldwide.

Jassy just needs to be doing where he is good at: Reinventing new Cloud strategies.

Entering OS or other business verticals where Microsoft is a distinguished leader won’t serve any purpose, that too because one big Cloud deal has been lost owing to “a sitting US President who is willing to share openly his disdain for a company and the leader of that company” and not because Microsoft was a better option than AWS. (IANS)