Android challenges Windows as world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage

Development would have been “unthinkable” five years ago

“Windows has won desktop war but battlefield has moved on”

In what StatCounter describes as “unthinkable five years ago”, Google’s Android is challenging Microsoft Windows as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

The research arm of StatCounter, the independent web analytics company, finds that in February 2017, while Windows remained top of worldwide OS internet usage market share with 38.6%, Android came within striking distance on 37.4%.

“The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five years ago,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “In January 2012 Windows held 82% global internet usage share compared to just 2.2% for Android.”

He said that the development was a function of the growth of smartphones to access the internet as well as a slowdown in sales of traditional PCs plus the impact of Asia on the global market.

Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84.1% internet usage share in February.

“Windows has won the desktop war but the battlefield has moved on,” said Cullen.

StatCounter recently reported that in October 2016 internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop and laptop worldwide for the first time.

In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 40.7% share in February followed by iOS (24.9%) and Android (20.3%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.8%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.5%). However, in Asia, Android is now over 50% (51.8%) compared to 29.8% for Windows.

OS market share map: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share#monthly-201702-201702-map

StatCounter data also finds that Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time in North America in December.

“Windows 10 will need to maintain momentum in order to combat the steady march of Android across all markets,” added Aodhan Cullen.

The data is based on StatCounter Global Stats for which the company has recently released a major upgrade. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) has also launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

“We’ve always focused on ease of use and with these upgrades we wanted to make both services even more intuitive, usable and accessible,” commented Aodhan Cullen.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over 2.5 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

To analyse individual countries or regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share

GSK Consumer Healthcare appointments Raj Khemani as the IT Lead for Indian Sub-Continent

GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd. announced the appointment of Raj Khemani as the IT Lead, ISC. Raj will be a member of the India Leadership Team and will be based in Gurgaon.

Raj joins GSK from Clariant India where he was the Vice President, IT, managing information security strategy, SAP processes and leveraging them for business.

Manoj Kumar, Managing Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare, said “I am excited to have Raj join our leadership team. He brings with him over 16 years of experience and has an exceptional track record of business successes in each of his previous roles. His deep understanding of information technology coupled with extensive learning across sectors will further augment our business capabilities. I wish him success in his new role.”

On his appointment, Raj Khemani said, “I am delighted to be a part of GSK Consumer Healthcare family and look forward to collaborate across functions. To be associated with a consumer brand of such lineage and repute is a great privilege. I hope to add value and contribute in raising the benchmark for business excellence.”

Raj’s earlier role was at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he was the IT Head & Information Security Lead for Asia Pacific & Japan. Prior to this, he was with Pfizer where he was managing the business technology processes. Raj also had stints with Microsoft and Ranbaxy in the capacity of Technical Lead and Project Lead respectively.

Raj has a degree in Business Data Processing and Economics from Delhi University.

CES Celebrates 50 Years of Tech

The world’s leading innovation event commemorates 50 years as the launch pad for breakthrough technology

CES® 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading innovation event, cementing CES’ place in history as the global gathering place for innovation and technology. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards released (2002), as well as more recent technologies – consumer 3D printers, tablets and 4K Ultra HD Television. CES has also driven the market growth in pioneering technologies such as autonomous cars and drones. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the 50th anniversary of CES will celebrate the evolution of the industry January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

“Only a few events and tradeshows have 50 years of success, and we are humbled to be in this elite group,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever expanding consumer tech landscape. We have succeeded throughout the years due, in large part, to our loyal customers, partners and the deep relationships we have made along the way. This anniversary is the perfect milestone to thank and celebrate our incredible industry partners and the individuals and companies who have been with us for five decades.”

The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City, attracted approximately 17,500 attendees and featured 117 exhibitors demonstrating products such as transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV. Top companies exhibiting at the first CES included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic – Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG). Several prominent tech leaders have presented keynotes at CES, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, and Samsung.

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space and more than 165,000 attendees. A truly global show, CES expects more than 50,000 international professionals representing 150 countries.

Today, CES continues as the proving ground for innovators and has expanded to feature industries not traditionally connected to consumer tech. The show now touches every major industry as leaders from the entire innovation ecosystem come together to discover and experience the latest trends and network with peers. CES is where titans of tech mix with next generation disruptors and where esteemed and highly sought after global leaders take the keynote stage to tout disruptive technology and envision new trends and markets.

CES will celebrate its 50th anniversary before, during and after CES 2017 by:

Sharing flashback photos and news from the past 50 years.
Providing attendees badge ribbons to denote the number of CES shows attended (in five year increments).
Providing exhibitors and attendees with 40+ years at the show will wear 50th anniversary lapel pins.
Selling 50th anniversary commemorative t-shirts will be available in the CTA Center.
Holding special ceremonies will be on opening day.
Providing signage illustrating the timeline of Innovation Award products (in the Innovation Showcase).
Giving a special tribute to CES Founder Jack Wayman.
Featuring a digital timeline on CES.tech detailing the history of CES.
Buzzing social channels with celebration and commemoration

The celebration will not end on January 8 – a retrospective documentary of CES will be released in June 2017. Registration opens on September 6. For more information on CES 2017, visit CES.tech.

Note to Editors: The official name of the global technology event is “CES®.” Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” or “International CES” to refer to the event.

Otis Elevator and UTC Expand Relationship with Microsoft to Develop State-of-the-Art Digital Solutions

Otis to Use Microsoft Products to Transform World’s Largest Elevator Service Network

Otis Elevator Company and its parent company, United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), are exploring opportunities with Microsoft Corp. for a strategic alliance to accelerate development of digital solutions for smart building equipment, such as elevators, to improve energy efficiency and make people more productive. The alliance has potential to use Microsoft technology to extend the benefits of connectivity and remote monitoring.

Otis, the world’s leading elevator manufacturer and service provider, has already expanded its relationship with Microsoft to develop state-of-the art connectivity and analytics solutions that will transform one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated equipment service networks.

With nearly 2 million units under contract and more than 30,000 mechanics spending approximately 60 million hours servicing elevator and escalator equipment annually, Otis is transforming elevator service by applying new digital tools to better serve and connect with customers. Utilizing Microsoft technology, Otis will expand use of the Microsoft cloud (Microsoft Azure IoT Suite), Customer Relationship Management system (Microsoft Dynamics CRM) and stream analytics (Cortana Intelligence Suite), using big data to drive condition based monitoring and maintenance.

“Working with industry leaders like Microsoft to transform our service business strategy allows Otis to be among the first to use digital tools to deliver increased customer value and enhanced service efficiency globally,” said Otis President Philippe Delpech. “We invented this industry more than 160 years ago with safety hardware innovation. Today Otis transports over 2 billion people every day. To better serve them, we are focused on transforming the servicing and reliability of equipment through innovation with new digital tools and enhanced connectivity.”

Working with Microsoft, Otis will accelerate efforts underway across the organization to expand the use of internal productivity apps being developed by field teams around the world and the use of a powerful global CRM system that will link operations in the more than 200 countries and territories that Otis offers its products and services. This significant Otis deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM will offer a comprehensive cloud-based solution to enhance the customer experience and accelerate business productivity.

“United Technologies is at the forefront of an essential shift, using technology to make buildings and transportation function more efficiently and move the world forward,” said Tito Arciniega, ‎vice president, Worldwide Industry and Global Accounts, Microsoft.

The companies bring best in class equipment and productivity software together aiming to transform the way people live, work and interact with industrial and commercial buildings to improve people’s productivity, safety and comfort, while ultimately enabling smarter, greener cities.

24th Convergence India 2016 expo acts as an important platform for Digital India

Digital India propelling ICT growth, Major tech companies betting on the Indian rural market

India has emerged as one of the most promising markets for IT and Telecommunications companies. Initiatives such as Digital India, Make-in-India and Made-in-India are propelling the ICT growth with major tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Google betting high on the Indian rural market.

The 24th Convergence India 2016 expo, with its theme “Digital India”, will play a key role in facilitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for “Digital India”. With support from the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Ministry of communications & information technology, and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting; the expo will be held at Pragati Maidan, during 20th – 22nd January, 2016.

The three day expo will bring together senior government officials, global leaders, professionals, and associations to network, establish trade contacts, and for knowledge sharing.

Exhibiting participants include CISCO one of the prominent organisations at the forefront of the ICT industry, Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC, said, “Cisco is committed to accelerating India’s digital transformation. We believe the government’s Digital India vision will unleash huge opportunities, revolutionize the way we live, work, play, and learn, and create huge opportunities for the country and its citizens.

The network is at the heart of digital business transformation – the rapid and escalating value derived from the interconnectivity of people, processes, data and things. With the world becoming increasingly digital, Convergence India is an important event for Cisco to demonstrate how we are best suited to help service providers of all types in their digitisation journeys enabling them to drive growth, accelerate innovation and impel digital business transformation.”

Speaking on the growing presence of start-ups at the conference, Prem Behl – Chairman Exhibitions India Group said, “India is witnessing a digital transformation, and this is a golden period for tech companies, especially start-ups, to usher in the next wave of growth in the economy. There are a number of young entrepreneurs in the country, and there is a need to promote them. We are delighted that Convergence India serves as a great platform for emerging companies to be introduced to global technologies, and network with leading organisations and global
speakers under one roof.”

Other bellwethers at the expo include Broadcom, C-Dot, Conax, Cyient, Ericsson, EMC, Harmonic, Mediatek, Microsoft, M-Star, Nagra, Sandisk, Syntax Telenor, and Thomson to name a few.

Manipal Global offers Certification Programme in Cloud Computing using Microsoft Azure

· Programme offered on Manipal’s award winning platform EduNxt

· Unique experiential learning model

· Concept videos featuring industry experts and webinars where an expert will discuss projects and clarify student queries

Manipal ProLearn, destination for professional learning offers certification program in Cloud Computing to provide professionals and students with a thorough knowledge of Cloud Computing Technology using Microsoft Azure as a platform. Over the next decade, nearly two-third of all computing is expected to shift to the cloud, leading to a huge demand for Cloud Computing professionals.By the end of this programme, learners shall study to add the power of Cloud Computing to iOS, Android and Windows Phone Platforms.

The course offers three-month online programme and spanning 120 hours of learning through live online sessions and webinars with industry experts gives student the advantage of learning at their convenience. Along with e-learning content and programme videos accessible anytime and anywhere, the programme also ascertains self-assessment exercises at the end of each module to help students gauge their learning. The programme shall be provided by Manipal’s learning management system EduNxt.

The programme shall be delivered to the students by a faculty body that comprises of some of the best in the industry with over 15 years’ experience in Cloud Computing. The programme uses a unique experiential learning model which consists of concept videos featuring industry experts, contemporary reading material and an opportunity to participate in webinars where an expert will discuss projects and clarify student queries.

Speaking about the essence of the programme Ramabhadran A. P., Sr. Vice President, Manipal Global, says “With over two-third of all computing is expected to shift to the cloud and skills required are also so dynamic that there is constant need for innovation in programme curriculum. We at Manipal Global constantly strive to offer the most advance programmes.”
Some of the key benefits of this programme are:

Ø Gain in depth knowledge of Cloud Computing concepts and Microsoft Azure features

Ø Learn how to design and implement the various types of cloud services – laaS, PaaS and SaaS

Ø Get an industry recognized certificate in Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure from Manipal Global on program completion

Ø Develop skills by practicing the various concepts explained through concept videos, webinars and case studies

For more details visit: http://www.manipalprolearn.com/programs/cloud-computing Or call XYZ +91 99999 99999

Twitter announces their native app for Windows 10

Microsoft has released Windows 10 as a free upgrade in more than hundred countries today. While folks around the world are still getting the update in a phased manner, Twitter has announced the release of their official app optimized for Windows 10 machines.

The company said:

The new Twitter for Windows 10 is a Universal Windows Application that gives you instant access to top Tweets, photos and videos without requiring a login. You’ll also see Tweets right out of the box in live tiles from the Start menu.

Features:

Twitter Live Tiles
Multiple photo Tweets — upload up to four photos per Tweet
Animated GIFs
Vine playback
Tweets with photos, Vine videos and other select content now show a preview in your home timeline
Share photos privately in Direct Messages

A whole new Twitter for Windows | Twitter Blogs

Google Drive gets a plugin for Microsoft Office

Google this week launched a Drive plugin for Microsoft Office. This allow Google Drive users to open their Drive hosted documents right inside Office apps.

They can also choose to save directly on Google Drive while saving a new document. Google said:

With Google Drive, you can keep all your important files in one place, then open them with your choice of apps and devices. Building on this open approach, we recently made it possible to launch your favorite desktop applications directly from Google Drive. And today we’re taking it a step further by bringing Google Drive to Microsoft Office. Using the new Google Drive plug-in, people using Office for Windows can now open their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents stored in Drive, then save any changes back to Drive once they’re done.

Google Drive Blog: Introducing the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

Update: Google Drive plugin does not appear to work if you save your documents in OpenDocument Format:

Google Drive gets a plugin for Microsoft Office

Microsoft Bing would follow Google Search into becoming a HTTPS only service

Microsoft has great news for privacy fanatics. The company has announced that they plan to make their Bing search engine a HTTPS only service.

This means that all searches would be conducted over a secure encrypted network. And the websites getting the traffic would no longer get the referral data which they get today.

Google did the same with their search engine a few years ago.

Beginning this summer, we will begin the process of encrypting search traffic by default. This means that traffic originating from Bing will increasingly come from https://www.bing.com as opposed to http://www.bing.com.

Bing Moving to Encrypt Search Traffic by Default | Webmaster Blog

MapR to Offer Cloud-based Hadoop with Microsoft Azure

Collaboration provides enterprise-grade Hadoop on-demand in the public cloud

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced at Hadoop Summit that it is working closely with Microsoft to offer the MapR Distribution including Apache Hadoop on Azure. Customers will be able to use high-performance, enterprise-grade Hadoop with the cost advantages of Azure’s on-demand cloud services. MapR is architected to provide a scalable and agile Hadoop platform and NoSQL database for big and fast data applications. The MapR Distribution will also be integrated with the Azure Data Lake, enabling users to deploy tiered analytical and storage capabilities in the cloud.

“Azure simplifies the on-ramp to the cloud and is the perfect match with our production-ready Hadoop Distribution,” said Steve Wooledge, vice president, product marketing, MapR Technologies. “Organizations use MapR to impact businesses as-it-happens’ through automated processes that shorten data-to-action cycles – and we are now extending that value to Azure’s customers.”

Integration between MapR and Microsoft technologies enables organizations to optimally and efficiently use Hadoop on-demand, in the cloud. With the MapR Distribution, Azure customers will be able to:

• Deploy MapR directly from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
• Transfer data between MapR and Microsoft SQL Server services within Azure
• Deploy MapR-DB, the MapR in-Hadoop NoSQL database, to support a wide variety of real-time use cases and deployment scenarios

As part of this agreement, MapR will fully support deployment of its top-ranked NoSQL database, MapR-DB on Azure. MapR-DB offers advanced operational features such as multi-master table replication, where business users can analyze data across geographic regions while maintaining low latency and automatic synchronization with a centralized table for analytics and BI.

“Microsoft is committed to continuous innovation to make Azure the best cloud platform for running hyper-scale big data projects,” said T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president, Data Platform at Microsoft. “The collaboration between Microsoft and MapR combines MapR’s Hadoop Distribution with Microsoft Azure’s powerful platform so customers can use the Hadoop distribution of their choice with the cloud benefits of Azure. Customers will be able to deploy MapR in Azure with a few clicks for valuable business insights.”

The MapR Distribution will be available on the Azure Marketplace this summer. For more information, please visit www.mapr.com/microsoft.