The topic looks much controversial. Isn’t it? Microsoft, the largest software vendor in the world will be spending millions and billions up to maximum possible extent to build up the largest client base. Apple was a threat to Microsoft a few months ago and it seems that threatening remains same. But, Microsoft has approached something exceptional that Apple even could not think. Since early 2000s, Microsoft’s marketing strategy has been much more towards earning people over earning dollars. The best suitable phrase might be retaining people than earning people.
Since early days, a doctor is a Trademark of an excellence. The reason is that a huge amount of people were facilitated by their service. But today, a Software Engineer is also considered as a symbol of excellence. The reason is that everyone is getting benefitted by Information Technology today. We know what are the available technologies. But the doubt is that are we using them at the certain situations? We do need to use the most applicable and the suitable technology from the bunch of available technologies.
Are Sri Lankans really benefited by the Information Technology? it is true that we are having certain limitations with investing money and other resources. But the wastage spent for the other alternatives might have been used in a utilized manner. We are using cars to drive at a speed of a rickshaw to travel from Fort to Bambalapitiya. Galle Road is highly dense with vehicles sometimes. But we do not get to know that early. How long a rural citizen waste waiting for a bus in a bus halt? That person must have fertilized his paddy fields in that time. How can a disable person use a computer? They might have been foreign currency earners for the country if they were benefited with the proper equipments. Data entry can be voice commanded and might have saved finger tips of thousands.
It is a well-known fact that Google has been the giant fulfilling thrust of Web Searching. It was a long journey that Google has come out after starting their business in a garage. They have achieved several goals and passed remarkable milestones to become the world’s best search engine and the highest web traffic holder on the web. According to Alexa Rankings, Google.com is ranked number one. It got 704,402 websites linking to it. Number of services that are provided by Google is excellent and unbelievable. It has enhanced its searching capabilities to an unbelievable extend.
Sri Lanka, being a country having 1,776,220 Internet Users by June 2010 out of the 20 Million population by that time has gained a keen reputation as valuable internet users since number of messy sites were blocked by the government. According to the statistics 838,380 amount of people use Facebook by end of March 2011. This supposed to be increased rapidly since it has shown a 3.9% of penetration during that quarter.
Microsoft Imagine Cup is one of the world’s most popular competitions for the students in background of Information Technology. This year’s project theme was “Use technology to Solve World’s Toughest Problems”. Microsoft gave Millennium Development Goals declared by the United Nations and the theme continued for around three to four years. Since the development goals are to be achieved in year 2015, I am afraid the theme will be there until 2014.