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        Operating Systems are considered to be the platform to interact with the computer. When many giants fight by creating their most wonderful beautiful operating systems, SilveOS team made a superb project called http://www.silveos.com . And it is basically a complete sliver light operating system which has almost all the basic applications that are necessity such as Rich Notepad, Simple Notepad, Paint, etc… It also gives its hands to the social media and provides some apps such as Twitter App, YouTube Viewer, Flickr Viewer and also a cool RSS Reader and so on… And there are also some other apps like Solitaire, Spider, Chess which will accompany you when you are really bored. Here are some of the snapshots of the SilveOS operating system.

       When you browse to http://www.sliveos.com, automatically the silver light application starts which is actually the booting process of the particular operating system. By default, the user is GUEST and you can simply login into the OS as a guest user and you can try the SliveOS. And obviously you can also create an account for yourself and you can simply login using that username and password.

 You can register here and after registration it will take you to the OS Desktop. And when you launch the Start Menu, you can see your username.

You can see my username in the start menu.

You can see my social media handle “InfiVivek” as the username in the start menu above.


 You can see the OS desktop in the essence of Windows 7. Ans you will also notice the icons of various applications.

This is the FILE EXPLORER in the SilveOS.  And you can see some My Document folders and other stuffs. The below images are some of the basic applications such as text editors and paint applications that are present in the OS.

Some entertainment softwares.

A Media Player from which you can browse audio or video files from your computer and play them.
Gadgets in the OS sidebar
And the pictures below will show some social media applications like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and also an RSS reader.
Twitter App

YouTube Viewer

RSS Reader
It also has an inbuilt application for Microsoft Virtual Earth.
Microsoft Virtual Earth
And another important thing about the Slive OS is that it has an inbuilt Internet Browser which looks like below.
This browser has three default search engine built-in search.Namely Bing, Google, Yahoo

This OS has also the basic features or options like Control Panel where you can change your password for your username and even you can change the Wallpaper for your desktop. And so on….

Will you believe me when i say that you can install your own programs in this operating system. Yes here it is.

Installing an application from the Computer

Installing an application from the Internet
A Sudoku game is being installed…

And yes, you might have enjoyed seeing these pictures. When i was trying the SliveOS, i was very sad to see a thing there. That is,

The AD that is getting displayed below the task bar. Normally you won’t see the AD directly, you need to scroll down the page to see this. Off course they too need some revenue.



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      After reading a lot of articles in Tech Crunch, C NET, and many more technology news reflectors, i have written this article…. It is all about Microsoft suing Motorola, for infringements of nine Microsoft’s patents. Nowadays its a common issue, that one company suing other for some reasons. But in this case, it is clear that Microsoft has indirectly sued Motorola. Since they didn’t sue Google for Android but the other manufacturers of Smart Phones who actually used Android. Here is an article found in the Microsoft Press Release,….

“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.



We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones.” 

And here is an article by Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel…
Article explaining briefly about the Sue…. Microsoft TechNet

        One of the most popular latest technologies that will be having a good scope in future is Windows Azure. It will be a better idea to start it now. When i was searching the internet to understand the Windows Azure better, i found the following…

     Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft® datacenters.
      Windows Azure is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio® expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards, protocols and languages including SOAP, REST, XML, Java, PHP and Ruby. Windows Azure is now commercially available in 40 countries.
I surfed YouTube for a video related to this Azure and i found the below one,

This video gave me some clear idea about Windows Azure…. And I am interested in developing myself in this technology and friends, if you people have them or find them across the web, just share with me…

Hello Guys,

           You people might have already known that Microsoft Student Partner 2010 Selection on process. And yes, I have also applied for the same. I have already gone through three round already, and now planning to attend a Orientation/Group Discussion program on 26th of September in Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore.
         
           And it is only an optional round, mentioned in Official MSP website. And here are the snap of first three rounds…

Round 1:
        The very 1st Round of the MSP 2010 selection is a simple registration round. And there is nothing more technical in that.

Round 2:
        The second round of the MSP 2010 selection is a bit interesting one. And they filter most of the people here. We were asked to prepare 2 videos, one is a COMMUNICATION Video and other is a LEADERSHIP Video.

In the Communication Video, we will be talking about any particular Microsoft’s Technology(We have to choose one from a list of technologies that was given to us by MSP Selection Team).

I choosed Asp.Net Web Application Development

And when saying about the Leadership Video, we must Interview personality, such a Teacher, An Entrepreneur, A Social Person and so on… And we must discuss with them regarding the LEADERSHIP…
 
       For this, i interviewed the Director, Faculty of Management Studies, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology. He is Mr.Suresh Kumar. He is not only a Teacher, but also an Entrepreneur, who was a back bone of many entrepreneurs, and also a bank employee. He has a vast of experience of over 28 years in the field of Business Administration. It was really my first interview session with personality who has such a great experience and knowledge. It was really a mind blowing and an informative interview session.

Most important of these 2 videos is that we must be visible in these videos and our voice must be clearly audible to the viewers….


Round 3:
        The 3rd Round is a Technical Round. It is a Technical Quiz, which is hosted in the ImagineCup website. It is ITChallenge. It was on 22nd of September.

Finally now planning to attend the ORIENTATION & GROUP DISCUSSION program in CIET, Coimbatore. It is scheduled on 26th of September(current update).

       I am currently experiencing the highlights of the Microsoft’s latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9 Beta….

I have blogged here some of the screenshots of those highlights. Go here to experience about the IE9 browser.

Shot1:

In IE9, the address bar and search text box are binded together,.. When you hit ENTER with a url in that box, then you will be taken to that particular website. And when you hit ENTER with a phrase or word, then you are taken to the Bing, searching that particular phrase….

Shot2:

Another cool thing with this IE9 is, you can pin a tab to your Windows 7 taskbar, as you pin other desktop application. That is you can bookmark a website in your Windows 7 taskbar. Go here for a DEMO.

Shot3:

       You are disturbed while browsing only in rarecases. That is, when you download a file, the notification asking for a confirmation is at the bottom of your browser. And also notifications asking for your confirmation to save your password is also at the bottom of your browser.

Shot4:

You will notice from the above clips that your favorites and tools and preferences section are much better organized in the Microsoft’s latest browser IE9….

Shot5:
The below are the screenshots showing how to pin a tab in the Windows 7 task bar.

Go here to download the IE9 Beta……….

        The Windows 8 release date has been shrouded in a cloud of rumors. Most experts expect a late 2011 early 2012 release of the operating system. A recently leaked Windows 8 product cycle chart provides the answers needed to determine the release date of the next Windows OS by Microsoft.

          Click here to get a enlarged view of the image. The chart lists the planning, development and readiness product cycle of Windows 8 and related Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live

Wave 4, Windows Live Wave 5 and Windows 7. It also lists major events.
Some events and products have already been held / released and it is possible to pinpoint the release date of Windows 8 by making the remaining calculations.

           Here is what we know. Forum I and Forum II have been major events, the former held in December 2009, the latter in April 2010. The listing lists four additional event, Forum III to Forum VI. The next two events fall into the development phase of Windows 8, the remaining two into the readiness phase.
Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Live Wave 4 have either been announced with final dates (at least for the beta) or released already.

           Forum II was held 4-5 months after Forum I. If we take this approach we can calculate the approximate month of the other four forums. This would mean between 16 to 20 months from April 2010 on which coincides perfectly with the projected late 2011 release date.

           The Windows 8 beta should be released around June 2011 and the final release might even hit the stores at the same time that Windows 7 was released, which was October. The Internet Explorer 9 product cycle confirms the findings. Microsoft has announced a beta release of Internet Explorer 9 for August 2010. This would be the same time that Forum III will be held, which is exactly four months after Forum II.
        
           The chart may be a bit off since Windows Live Wave 4 was released in June. It could be that Microsoft has projected the Forum III conference for June / July instead. Could also be that the chart is not 100% accurate and it can happen that development cycles need to be shifted, especially if major issues are encountered during development. Still, we are pretty sure that Microsoft will release the beta of Windows 8 in or around June 2011 and the final release of the operating system in or around October 2011.

Indrani Medhi & Rikin B Gandhiare the two Indians figure in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious Technology Review’s 2010 TR35 list for their outstanding contribution in the fields of energy, biomedicine, communications, information technology, transportation and the web.


Cool !!!! Two Indians @ MIT’s prestigious Technology Review’s 2010 TR35 list

Indrani Medhi, based at Microsoft Research India’s Bangalore lab, was named for her field research to design text-free interfaces that could help illiterate people find jobs, get medical information and use cell-phone based banking services.

Rikin B Gandhi, founder of the non-profit organisation Digital Green, was recognised for her extraordinary contribution in the field of farmer education.

A firm owned by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sued Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and seven other companies, charging them with infringing patents filed more than a decade ago.
Google and Facebook blasted the lawsuit as “unfortunate” and “without merit.”
The complaint, filed Friday morning in a Seattle federal court, named AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google’s YouTube.
AOL, Apple, Google and Yahoo were each charged with four claims of patent infringement, while Facebook was hit with one. The other eight companies were charged with two claims each.
The suit does not name Microsoft, which Allen co-founded with Bill Gates in 1975 but left in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. Microsoft did not reply to a request asking whether it had licensed some or all of the applicable patents from Allen’s firm.
Allen’s lawsuit claimed that the 11 companies violated patents developed by Internal Research, a Silicon Valley research lab he funded in 1992, but which shut its doors in 2000. David Liddle, who worked at the Xerox’s influential Palo Alto Research Center ( Xerox PARC) in the 1970s, was Interval’s CEO.
Those patents were later transferred to Interval Licensing, a company owned by Allen.
The two patents that make up the bulk of the claims are 6,263,507, “Browserfor Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data,” and 6,757,682, “Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest.” Allen’s lawsuit alleges that all but Facebook violated the ‘507 patent, and all 11 companies infringed the ‘682 patent.
Interval filed applications for the four patents between March 1996 and September 2000, and was awarded the patents between March 2000 and September 2004.
The ‘507 patent refers to a possible application in a “news browser” that could be used to “review news stories acquired during one day from several television news programs, as well as from text news sources.” The ‘682 patent, meanwhile, describes technology for alerting users of Web content related to what they’re currently viewing, or of others’ activities that might interest them.
The ‘682 patent is the only one that Allen’s company claimed was violated by Facebook, the popular social networking site.
The remaining two patents spell out an “attention manager” that would flash advertisements, stock quotes and other information in front of a user.
The 15-page complaint singled out Google for special treatment, saying that Interval Research provided both funding and assistance to the then-fledgling search firm in 1998, the year founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated the company.
Included with the complaint was a 1998 screenshot of Google’s “About” page that showed Interval Research credited as one of four sources of research funding, and one of two outside collaborators.
In a statement Friday, Google called Allen’s lawsuit “unfortunate.”
“This lawsuit against some of America’s most innovative companies reflects an unfortunate trend of people trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the marketplace,” said Google. “Innovation — not litigation — is the way to bring to market the kinds of products and services that benefit millions of people around the world.”
Facebook’s take was more blunt. “We believe this suit is completely without merit and we will fight it vigorously,” said company spokesman Andrew Noyes in an e-mail.
Other Firms contacted by Computerworld, including Apple and Yahoo, did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the lawsuit.
Allen’s suit seeks unspecified damages, as well as injunctions that would block the accused companies from continuing to use the patented technologies.
Earlier this year Forbes put Allen, 57, in the No. 37 spot on its world’s richest list, and estimated his net worth at $13.5 billion.

This is an article by Ravi Venkatesan , Chairman, Microsoft India on “Cloud Computing Can Be A Catalyst For India

Everybody is talking about cloud computing. The term and the excitement both remind me of the last decade when the Internet was assuming the shape we see it in today. Just as we cannot imagine a world sans the World Wide Web now, the cloud could rapidly change the way we view and use information technology.

Forrester Research defines the cloud as ‘a standardised IT capability, such as software, app platform or infrastructure, delivered via Internet technologies in a pay-per-use and self-service way’ . The idea is not totally new. People have been using the cloud for years. Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and, of course, Xbox Live — a Microsoft online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service — have been in the cloud for a while now. The difference between then and now lies is just who is using it, and the volume and the type of data that is involved.

Today’s notion of cloud computing is about taking online services to enterprise networks, not just to solitary consumers. This also means that the volume of data that is being processed and stored online is of a colossal magnitude.

In fact, if we were to break down the services that the cloud today provides, they can be classified into: one, software-as-a-service (SaaS), which comprises end-user applications delivered as a service rather than traditional on-premise software. Two, platform-as-a-service (PaaS), which provides an independent platform as a service on which developers can build and deploy customer applications. Three, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which primarily comprises the hardware and technology for computing power, storage, operating systems or other infrastructure delivered as an on-demand service rather than a dedicated onsite resource.

As is evident, the cloud is certainly multifaceted . And this fact makes gives it a dynamic combination of linked strengths. Agility is one of the biggest features of cloud computing, though the level of agility is controlled by the user’s pace and ability to re-provision technological resources without stretching costs.

Plus, with capital expenditure converted to operational expenditure, costs slip down automatically . At the same time, multi-tenancy in cloud computing enables centralisation of infrastructure — along with device and location independence — increase in peak-load capacity and efficiency improvements for systems. Apart from this, since one can measure usage, direct cost ramifications, reliability and scalability remain flexible and within control.

However, as cloud computing moves out of the buzzword zone and turns into a powerful tool for expanding IT capabilities, one cannot ignore the challenges it throws up. According to the analyst firm Gartner, the biggest challenge is that of security. Cloud architecture makes and delivers big promises — but it doesn’t automatically grant security compliance at any level. The major part of the responsibility for security lies with the application designer, and, to some extent , with the vendor.

That is why, Gartner believes there are specific issues customers should discuss with vendors before homing in on one. “Ask providers to supply specific information on the hiring and oversight of privileged administrators, and the controls over their access,” they recommend. Transparency regarding regulatory compliance details, data location and segregation and recovery assume great importance. “Any offering that does not replicate the data and application infrastructure across multiple sites is vulnerable to a total failure,” Gartner adds. Further, it would be self-defeating if a cloud computing-based solution turns out to be a limited-capacity passive utility system. You would just be paying increasing toll for experiencing less and less.

Nevertheless, cloud computing is here to stay. Its potential is immense and it can — especially in a country like ours — fundamentally transform government services, scientific exploration and discovery, and economic and social development. For example, the local government in Dongying, China, is poised to set up the Yellow River Delta Cloud Computing Centre to transform this petroleum-based region from an industry-based economy into a servicesbased one. The cloud is also expected to expand and support an e-government services platform and a research and development platform for eco-friendly oil cultivation.

All of this is a plausible reality today. And while companies like Microsoft are completely committed to the cloud, their services and solutions come with the reliability, security and global reach that customers deserve and demand.
Longer term, cloud computing is turning out to bring a transformative change in the business landscape. It is aiding the making of a new generation of products and services, creating a new awareness of the greater Internet, and Web 2.0 in particular, and supporting a more self-service IT architecture. For example, Microsoft recently co-founded the Simple Cloud API project with IBM, Zend, Rackspace and others. This project focuses on open-source cloud interoperability, allowing developers to write basic cloud applications that work in all of the major cloud platforms . What’s more, this can even call information back and forth across cloud platforms!

This is just the beginning. New and additional standards will emerge as new and inventive scenarios develop from evolving platforms, standards and technologies. But this will work well and in our favour only if we make technology both personal and democratic, along with the assurance that privacy rights and data security will be preserved at all times. This should also include an international understanding about the governance of data when it crosses national borders.

In the Indian context, cloud computing holds greater potential because of an obvious reason: we have no legacy systems that need to evolve or move into the cloud. For instance, both our state and central governments are in the process going digital, and the time is just right to implement the cloud right off. While keeping costs low, the cloud will not just put an efficient document management system in place, but will also ensure efficiency in service delivery.

And in time, “this infrastructure can be used to shift the government from a capex (capital expenditure) model to an opex (operating expenditure ) model” , as Som Mittal, president of Nasscom, says. Global management consultants Zinnov, in a recent study reiterated that India has the potential to emerge as the global competency centre for cloud services. The study estimated the global cloud computing market to be over $70 billion by 2015 and that India, with its powerful ecosystem of independent software vendors , developers and system integrators, is ideally poised to address this growing opportunity. An additional 3,00,000 jobs related to cloud services are estimated to be created in the country over the next five years.

So, yes, cloud computing is a big idea, but it will never endorse a blanket one-size-fits-all approach to computing. In the foreseeable future, we will not be able to live with 100% cloud or 100% on-premise computing. Instead, we will have to rely on a clever and optimal mix-andmatch combination of on-premise and cloud computing, based on specific needs. In the broader context, IT needs to look at the cloud not just as an alternative means of doing what it does, but as a whole new form of computing that opens up ways of doing what could not have been done before. Think about it: when electricity became a utility, it didn’t just bring down the cost of running existing factory machines. As Nicholas Carr describes in The big switch, it allowed Henry Ford to innovate on the electrified assembly line and change manufacturing forever.

Courtesy: economictimes.indiatimes.com

Microsoft will unveil the Internet Explorer 9 beta next month at an event in San Francisco titled Beauty of the Web. Microsoft has built IE9 with the expectation that HTML5 will blur the line between Websites and native applications, and the company has built numerous enhancements in the forthcoming release.

“Developers are already working hard on some amazing new web experiences enabled by Internet Explorer 9,”

                                                    said James Pratt, Product Manager on the IE9 team, in a blog post.

Microsoft has been trumpeting IE9’s speedy, hardware-accelerated HTML 5 rendering for the past several months, often by pitting IE9 against Firefox and Google’s Chrome browser in handling graphically intensive Websites. However, critics have pointed out the selective nature of Microsoft’s testing and noted that all of its competitors are also working on hardware fueled HTML5 rendering.

So far Microsoft has dished up over 2.5 million downloads of the four IE9 platform previews, the most recent of which was released in early August.

IE9 comes with a new JavaScript engine called Chakra that boosts the speed and performance of IE9 by compiling Javascript in a separate background thread while Windows runs in parallel on separate CPU core. Microsoft has also integrated the JavaScript engine natively in IE9, something it sees as crucial to being able to deliver superior performance.

“How a JavaScript engine is integrated into the browser is as important as the engine itself for real-world HTML5,” 

                                                                              Microsoft said in a blog post earlier this month.

At an event in June heralding the arrival of the third IE9 platform preview, Microsoft showed SunSpider Javascript benchmark testing results in which IE9 handily beat Chrome 4 and the current shipping version of Firefox, completing a data crunching test in 347 milliseconds.

Microsoft has also confirmed HTML Canvas tag support in IE9 as well the availability of HTML audio and video tags, and showed its growing adherence to Web standards by noting that IE9’s Acid3 score jumped from 68 to 83 since the previous developer preview.