Google Chrome & Secret of name

2 09 2008

Well as you all know, Google Chrome is the new browser from Google that’s once again again heating up the internet browser space. The opensource browser is launching tomorrow in over 100 countries. I am not here to explain about the features of the browser since you can read about it in official google blog here. What I am here to tell you is about how Google still loves messing with Microsoft.

So whats the secret of the name I was talking about? The name “Chrome” is no coincidence. Chrome apparently was a highly anticipated multimedia technology project from Microsoft which was killed days before shipping. The project became a victim of reorganisation at Microsoft. You can read more about its demise here

Is this a message to Microsoft? “If you cant do it, we will”.





Infosys to buy Axon Global

26 08 2008

Infosys Technologies LTD has offered to buy UK based SAP consulting company Axon Global for £407.1m ($750 million or INR 33.1 billion). This was a special news for all the Infosys employees including me that the deal is almost at the verge of being success. If you are not aware, nearly 1/4th of Infosys revenue comes form its unit called Enterprise Solutions which specializes in enterprise tools like SAP, Siebel, Oracle, Tibco etc.

Infosys has always been trying to spread its operations in UK and this would definitely a major breakthrough. Today morning I proudly watched our CEO, Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan talk about the details of the deal on CNBC today morning 10:10am. Infosys stocks were trading 10 points down as soon as the markets opened (overall BSE sensex is down) because the investors were not confident about the deal. Infosys profit margins are 30-31% whereas Axon’s profit margin is just about 14-15%.

As soon as Kris clarified certain details of the deal, market sentiments turned the other way and by 10:20 Infosys stock was trading 20 points up. The confidence with which he talks is simply amazing. I could see the same confidence in him with which the company was started 27 years ago with just 7 employees and INR 10000.

Here are some interesting things to note about the deal:

  • Infy buy is largest outbound acquisition by Indian IT company
  • Infosys targets to touch $5 billion mark in profit this year. Axon’s revenue is $ 1.6 billion and considering this, we need to wait for a new guidance from Infosys once the deal is trough. (And don’t be alarmed if the new guidance is $6 billion 😉 )
  • According to Economic Times Mr.Nandan and Mr.Murthy played a significant role in this deal. Whether they are involved or not, good work Infy team!!!
  • Axon’s share rose a whopping 20% in London stock exchange as soon as the acquisition news was released.
  • 20% increase is the highest for Axon ever since year 2000.
  • Axon’s revenue also increased considerably this quarter due to increase in sales from speculation of a take over from Infy.
  • The entire amount of the deal is paid entirely in CASH!!!

Axon board has asked its share holders to vote in favor of the deal. The only reason why this deal wouldn’t happen as of now is a counter offer from other companies like TCS, Wipro etc to Axon. Considering the current market situation and the decline in revenue of other IT majors, I doubt whether any other IT company would be able to beat Infy’s offer of $750 million.

There are much more details that floats inside the Infosys network. But those details cannot be published here. So just wait until the deal goes through. 🙂 Proud to be an Infosion!!!





Teach India

7 07 2008

Ok, here comes a post from me thats completely out of topic. Check out http://teach.timesofindia.com/ and if possible spread a word. I know what I am doing is only a drop in the ocean, but my current schedule and location prevents me from doing anything more. So looking forward to some of you readers to take it forward. 🙂





Great Indian Developer Summit- Live!

20 05 2008

Great Indian Developer SummitI am here at IISC, Bangalore for the Great Indian Developer Summit at Bangalore. I will be attending .net tracks on 19th-20th and Web track on 21st May. But alas, I have missed 19th track due to a project meeting. WIll have to go thourgh the DVD given out at the end of 3rd day to see the sessions that happened yesterday.

Anyway, currently I am in the main hall attending the track- “Increasing Developer Prodcutivity” by Erik Doernenburg. For more details log on to http://www.developersummit.com.





Zoomin!!! Order prints online…

31 10 2007

ZoominI am getting lazy nowadays to blog. But after this new service I couldn’t resist myself to blog about it. In a nutshell Zoomin is about uploading your photos online, sharing it with friends and the best part, you can order the print and it will be delivered to you at your doorstep in a breeze in India or USA. Plus the charges for a normal 4×6 prints is just Rs 4/- whether matted or glossy.

So here are some of the best part of the service

  1. Free account
  2. Unlimited upload, no monthly limit
  3. Import photos from Flickr or Google Picasa
  4. 15 prints free (Invite your friends and gain more free prints)
  5. Good pricing… list below
  6. INR 25 delivery charges, no matter how much quantity you order
  7. Excellent service, breezy delivery (I ordered a set of 77 photos this monday and got it today, ie wednesday)
  8. Nice packaging to make sure photos doesn’t get damaged
  9. Excellent print quality
  10. Send photos to any address in India or USA

I might have missed a few points, anyway, I just love this service. What-more, they have printing on pocketbooks, cards, mugs and calendars coming up!!! So what are you waiting for, go ahead and make register your free account at http://www.zoom.in .





Orkut new Friends Map feature

6 10 2007

OrkutOkrut seems to be adding a new “Friends Map” feature. Its listen in the help section of Orkut, but not yet implemented. 

http://help.orkut.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=10324

Can I see where all of my orkut friends are located?

You can see where all of your orkut friends are located by taking a look at the new “friends map” feature. This feature combines Google Maps and orkut profiles to let you see where all of your friends live around the world. To see the “friends map”, just follow these steps:

1. Click “view all” at the bottom of the “my friends” box.
2. Click the “friends map” tab at the top of the page.

You can click a friend’s profile picture to see their location on the map. Please note that if we do not have map data for a particular region or if your friend chose not to put their location in their orkut profile, you will see a message “(not on map)” below their profile name.

You can also click the “tiny little blue men” to see your friends’ locations. By clicking one of these figures, a bubble will pop open to let you know which friend lives in that location.

How do I use the “friends map” feature?

The friends map on orkut.com is a feature offering powerful, user-friendly mapping technology to see where all of your friends are located around the world. With the friends map, you’ll enjoy the following unique features:

Find your friends – By clicking on any of your friends’ pictures on the right-hand side of the map, you’ll be taken to their locations on the map. You can also click on any of the “little man” icons on the map to see which friend is where. (Note: If we don’t currently have map data available for your friend’s location or if they didn’t include their location in their orkut profile, you’ll see a message “(not on map)” below their name.)

Draggable maps – Click and drag maps to view adjacent sections immediately (no long waits for new areas to download).

Satellite imagery – View a satellite image (or a satellite image with superimposed map data) of your desired location that you can zoom and pan.

Zoom – You can zoom in or out by using the navigation bar in the left-hand side of the map.





Live 2.0 details leaked

22 09 2007

Microsoft encourages its employees to blog. In fact it has a dedicated blog to each of its products at Spaces.Live.com to encourage more interaction between creators and end users. But what happens when the details of a product is leaked far ahead of schedule?

Thats excatly what happened when the details of Live Search 2.0 ahead of the next week Searchification event of unveiling its details officialy to reports. Windows Live program manager Akram Hussein in his personal blog demonstrated how the new Live Search handles searches for digital cameras, showing not just product details, but also reviews. Also a search for “Brad Pitt” shows his popularity rating. Much of the changes of the new look and feel has bee gradually appearing on the site.

The blog has ever since been pulled down and Akram Hussein has posted an apology saying that the screenshots were from a test version of the new Live and not the final verion. But some guys have managed to get the screenshots here.