The latest Industry Interface Interaction at SCMS-Cochin opened a new window on Microsoft for those who attended it. On hand for the session was Piyush Mittal, who was speaking on behalf of Educonnect Microsoft. He updated and educated students on the latest software and technology that Microsoft had to offer.
Under Microsoft’s Educonnect programme, company employees dedicate time to such educational pursuits as teaching math and sciences in local classrooms, helping teachers with technology training, hosting tech camps for students and demonstrating a range of tools to help teachers, students and parents prepare their kids for the future. The programme started in the United States but has since spread to 43 countries and is continuing to grow.
Mittal highlighted the main features of Microsoft products such as Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and went on to compare various browsers with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. He also outlined the main features of the latest version of Internet Explorer which includes truer colours, clearer graphics, more responsive websites and tracking protection.
Moving on to cell phones, Mittal said that although the largest market is held by Android today (68 per cent), Windows Phone 8 is growing at a much faster rate. He also cited the latest cell phone – the Nokia Lumia 920 – which features the Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Discussing Microsoft’s Bing search engine, Mittal told SCMS-Cochin students that it was much more customised, and then went on to cover Microsoft’s gaming console. He told students about the ‘Kinect’ feature, in which the person playing becomes the controller of the game and can play using motion sensing technology. Kinect is a motion sensing input device for the Xbox 360video game console and WindowsPCs, which enables users to control and interact through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands. A version for Windows was released this year. Kinect was launched in 2010 and after selling a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the fastest selling consumer electronics device. A total of 18 million units of the Kinect sensor had been shipped as of January. He also discussed the Windows server, Windows Azure, Windows Dynamics, Skype and all their features. He highlighted Microsoft’s storage space, Skydrive, which he said provides the highest online storage (25 GB) for free.
While Piyush Mittal concentrated mainly on Microsoft, this Industry Interface Interaction really helped the SCMS-Cochin students to get updated on the highly effective technologies in the market today.