Weekly Wrap-up: eBiz Portal, 3G Comparison, BB10, Office 365 & more…


Last week was quite happening in the online world with likes of Microsoft and Blackberry launching their much awaited products. Lets take a look at some of the buzzing stories of last week.

Weekly Popular Post wrap-up

Although average Internet speeds in India have improved over past couple of years, if you compare it with other countries across the world we rank very lowly. We also have lowest in Asia in terms of average internet speeds! India has 1 mbps, average internet speed compared to 4 mbps globally.

One of the key announcements last week was the announcement of Government’s eBiz portal – a website for entrepreneurs, investors and businesses that will offer all Government-to-Business services under one roof!

So, if you use 3G data a lot on your mobiles or tablets, this article may save you a few bucks. We did a 3G data rate plan comparison to find out what are the various 3G data rate plans offered by Idea, Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance.

Aircel seems to have gone against the Indian Telecom Industry’s opposition to all India free roaming initiative and became the first Indian telecom operator to offer free roaming across the country with their “Aircel One Nation, One Rate” plan.

Microsoft launched their Office 365 and Office 2013 last week with a slight change in the way they charge their customers – Simply put, Office 365 is offered on monthly or yearly lease, while office 2013 is offered for outright purchase. Additionally the lease option allows for upto usage on 5 different devices.

It looks like with launch of Office 365, Microsoft has taken the right step and made it affordable for masses. Has it found a Golden Goose in Office 365? Only time will tell!

India now has its own virtual Shopping wall – Homeshop18, one of the popular online stores in India, last week announced the launch of virtual shopping wall called ‘Scan N Shop’.

The Trust Advisory released its ranking on the most trusted brands in India – while Nokia remains the most trusted brand in India, Samsung, Sony and BMW have made big jumps in their rankings!

IF rumours and media reports are to be believed, Youtube may soon be launching Youtube Paid video channels that may be a boon to online content producers and production houses.

The consolidation in Indian ecommerce space, which started early last year continues. In a latest, Zovi has acquired its rival apparels retailer Inkfruit. In last 12 months, nearly 15 such deals have taken place in Indian ecommerce space.

Blackberry launched its much awaited Blackberry 10 OS last week much to delight of their ardent fans, however, only time will tell if they can regain back the lost market share from likes of Android and iOS, who have been doing extremely well in Smartphone OS space.

Last week many global Technology companies announced their quarterly results. Here is a look at the quarterly results of Top 7 Tech companies in the world including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, Nokia, Apple & Facebook

Google released a video on the online shopping growth in India and what to expect in Indian ecommerce Industry in 2013. The video comes out with some very interesting stats and figures based on the research conducted by Google in partnership with TNS Australia.

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