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As readers of this blog know, I am quite passionate about Microsoft technologies especially when it comes to Enterprise solutions. That makes me quite familiar with Microsoft Cloud platform (Azure, Office365) and SharePoint. Recently for few of our media clients at my firm Vishwak Solutions, we have been deploying solutions to Amazon AWS as well. This gave me the advantage to learn from my team on the competitive landscape in the cloud (Amazon AWS). Last week when he was Chennai my friend @Janakiramm (a former Microsoft & Amazon employee), a renowned cloud expert and columnist in GigaOM invited me to “Google…

I use Mozilla Firefox as my regular browser across my Work PC (Windows 8.1) and Home PC (iMac) so that I can roam settings across. My default browser in my Work PC & Surface Pro is IE “Metro”. The reason I still have Google Chrome in my PCs, is because it allows me with ease to switch between profiles (like my company biz account, testing account). Unlike many others, I do like Microsoft Windows 8 Modern UI (aka Metro), especially in a touch machine like Surface Pro I feel it shines. The overall experience of Windows 8 can be jarring…

After listening to few audiobooks with the last being “The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation” I bought this book from my Audible monthly Gold subscription about 2 months back. The audio version is in two parts (8 hours each) and the best part it was read by the author “Douglas Edwards” himself. Douglas Edwards joined Google as its 50 something employee on November 29, 1999 just about a year after founding and full 5 years till March 4, 2005 before its stunning IPO in 2004. Before Google he was working for San Jose Mercury News, a 150…

I have been reading the book Googled- “The End of the World As We Know It”  by Ken Auletta for many months now.  Half-way through the book, I wrote my early comments on the subject in this February blog post, completing the second half of the book took a long time. The Author has done extensive research on Google, over 150 interviews with the top management and people in Google over 2+ years and the book is the best biography of Google written till 2009. But the book reads more like a management report & interview quotes. It would have…

Having not seen any new successful product announcements from Google for last year or so I was feeling Google is losing its magic touch, it is getting bogged down by its own size and the return of Larry Page is going to do little to change course. When I make the previous comment, I am not counting Android or Google Chrome announcements made me in recent Google I/O – those are enhancements, what I am talking is fundamental innovation.  But today something happened that made pause this thought for a while and give credit to Google for its basic computer…