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South Korean Government to Ditch Windows 7 for Linux

Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices

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With Microsoft informing users that it would end free technical support for Windows 7 operating system next year, South Korean government has decided to switch from Windows 7 to open source operating system Linux.

According to Korea Herald, the decision from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety comes amid “concerns about the cost of continuing to maintain Windows”.

The ministry would first test-run Linux on its PCs and if no security issues arise, Linux systems will be introduced more widely within the government.

“The transition to Linux OS and the purchase of new PCs are expected to cost the government about $655 million,” the report said.

Windows 7 support will end on January 14 next year, and that is a huge problem for both governments and enterprises as upgrading to Windows 10 would involve a hefty cost.

According to Choi Jang-hyuk, Service Bureau Chief of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the government is hoping a long-term cost savings by switching its entire workloads to Linux.

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Microsoft, however, has warned people using older Windows versions to urgently apply for a Windows Update in order to protect their systems and data against a potential widespread attack.

The company has already released security patches for Windows 7, XP and Windows Server 2003 despite the fact that XP and Server 2003 are already out of support.

Systems running Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not affected by this vulnerability.

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In March, Microsoft releases a statement: “After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7. This update enables reminders about Windows 7 end of support.”

Windows 10 is still edging closer to Microsoft’s goal of having it installed on 1 billion devices and the end of Windows 7 would help promote Windows 10 further, reports The Verge.

Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices. (IANS)

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Microsoft’s Corporate Venture Fund to Empower Women-led Enterprise Startups in India

In a recent study by MassChallenge and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), women-founded businesses delivered more than two times as much revenue per dollar invested than their male counterparts

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

In a bid to empower women entrepreneurs, Microsoft corporate venture fund M12 on Thursday partnered with Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures to announce $6 million competition for women-led enterprise startups in India, the US, Europe, Canada and Israel.

In its second year, the “Female Founders Competition” will help accelerate funding for women entrepreneurs developing software-as-a-service (SaaS) and deep tech solutions.

Four winning companies will receive a total of $6 million in venture funding, along with access to technology, resources, mentoring and other benefits, the company said in a statement.

“The tech industry can’t afford to keep leaving women’s good ideas on the table. We need to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs, and together with Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures, we aim to do just that with our second Female Founders Competition,” Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Microsoft.

Submissions for the competition are open from October 17 to December.

Companies will be eligible to apply if they have at least one female founder, have raised no more than $5 million in combined equity funding and/or debt loans upon date of application, and offer or intend to release a product, service or platform addressing a critical business problem for a global market.

A live finals pitch competition will take place March 18-19 2020, with the announcement of winners to follow shortly thereafter.

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FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Two enterprise software startups will earn investment awards of $2 million each, and two deep tech startups innovating through substantial scientific and research advances will earn investment awards of $1 million each, said Microsoft.

Early this year, Microsoft announced that its corporate venture fund M12 will invest in Indian startups with a funding size of $2 million to $10 million.

M12 announced its first India investment in the healthcare SaaS (software-as-a-service) startup called “Innovaccer”.

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As the corporate venture arm for Microsoft, M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures) invests in enterprise software companies in the Series A through C funding stage.

In a recent study by MassChallenge and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), women-founded businesses delivered more than two times as much revenue per dollar invested than their male counterparts.

“We are thrilled to partner with M12 and Pivotal Ventures on this innovative Female Founders Competition, through which we will find and invest in women creating built-to-last enterprise companies,” said Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, Mayfield. (IANS)