Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

In Conversation with CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), MSIL

CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., speaks to Auto Tech Review about the evolution of Maruti’s small car strategy, design brief for the new Ignis, technology upgradation and adoption of safety technologies at MSIL. Full story on the ATR website here

Sunday, January 15, 2017

In conversation with Mr GT-R, Hiroshi Tamura

Recently had the opportunity to speak to Hiroshi Tamura san, Chief Product Specialist for the mighty Nissan GT-R. In this interview, Tamura san speaks about the GT-R performance philosophy, discusses its engine, electronics and 4WD system, and expresses his views on whether a future GT-R could ever have a hybrid powerplant. Full story on Auto Tech Review

Monday, October 3, 2016

The death of Windows mobile

The camera was (and is...) brilliant, but everything else about the Windows-powered Nokia Lumia 1020 is now old and outdated

I have been using Windows for more than two decades now, starting with the 16-bit Windows 3.1 back in 1995, at my first workplace in Baroda, Gujarat, to the 64-bit Windows 10, which I upgraded to about a month ago on my PC at home. Back in the early-1990s, Windows 3.1 was priced at $149 in the US – that’s Rs 9,900 at today’s exchange rates. Last month, when I upgraded from Windows 7, Microsoft gave Windows 10 to me for free. That’s right, their latest 64-bit OS, for free – no catch there, no tricks.

Yes, for a limited period of time, Microsoft were giving Windows 10 away for free, though that offer has now expired. Windows 10 Home edition is now priced at Rs 8,000 while Windows 10 Pro will set you back by Rs 15,000. So why did MS give Windows 10 away for free for a limited period of time? Part of the reason, perhaps, was that MS have at long last realized that the PC/desktop era is coming to an end, and personal computing will, in the near future, be all about smartphones and things like the Chromebook. MS were (and are…) dominant in the PC/desktop/laptop space, with the vast majority of users running some version of the Windows OS. Smartphones (non-Apple devices) and Chromebooks on the other hand are all about Android – an OS developed by Google for mobile devices and distributed by them for free. According to an IDC report, Android currently has close to 88% market share in the smartphone space, with Apple’s iOS at close to 12%. Windows Mobile? It’s nowhere. Maybe 0.1 – 0.2% or something like that. In the post-PC era, where smart mobile devices are taking over the world, giving Windows 10 away for free for a limited period of time was MS’s last, desperate attempt at keeping the Windows OS relevant.

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