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Microsoft hosts its first-ever Accessibility Summit in India to enhance technology access for people with disabilities


 
Continues its efforts to bridge technology divide and drive digital inclusion to empower people to achieve more


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Dr. Jitender Aggarwal, Founder & CEO Sarthak Educational Trust, Shri M. Jagadeeshwar, IAS, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Telangana,

Shri Navreet Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India,

Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Department of IT, Electronics & Communication, Government of Telangana,

Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel and Accessibility Lead, Microsoft India

… at the first-ever Microsoft Accessibility Summit in India that is focused on enhancing technology access for people with disabilities.
 

Hyderabad, 30 May 2017: Microsoft India today hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit (#ThinkAccessAbility) in the country to enhance technology access for people with disabilities. The summit aimed at demonstrating the business value of accessible technology for organizations, the need for a collaborative effort as well as assessing policy’s role in creating an accessible India. The summit brought together leaders from the government, non-profit organizations, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and budding technologists to present their views and best practices around accessibility and technology’s potential in aiding inclusion.
 

Shri Navreet Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India said, “We believe that inclusion of persons with disabilities is imperative for India’s growth. It is therefore, critical that we empower them with equal access and opportunity. We look forward to public-private partnerships that can enable better social inclusion and help people with disabilities achieve more.”
 

Speaking at the summit, Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Department of IT, Electronics & Communication, Government of Telangana said, “Our vision is to ensure that persons with diverse abilities have equal access to the physical environment, transportation, information and communication technologies, and to other facilities and services. The Microsoft Accessibility Summit provides an ideal platform to bring together policymakers and influencers to understand the policy environment and chart a direction for making life, experiences and opportunities accessible to all.”
 

A platform to discuss, imagine and bring new perspectives for innovative use of technology
Through a series of constructive sessions, the conference focused on the role of technology in creating accessible businesses, scalable and sustainable models for skilling youth with disability. It also examined how assistive technologies can help in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Learning Disabilities (SLD). There was a special focus on the need for regulatory policies for innovation on accessible technologies and inclusive hiring practices. These interactions also provided insights into regulations, specifications and standards in terms of accessibility along with an understanding of optimization of existing hardware and software configuration to drive accessibility. Shri M. Jagadeeshwar, IAS, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Telangana also contributed to the discussions as part of the summit.
 

Technology innovations for driving accessibility
The summit featured unique technology-based projects that empower people with disabilities. These included innovations from non-profit organizations, assistive technologies developed by Microsoft partners as well as Microsoft solutions. A young team of three students from IIT Kharagpur showcased White Cane, a personal assistant device for the visually impaired, which they have developed as part of Microsoft Imagine Cup.
 

According to Dr. Jitender Aggarwal, Founder & CEO Sarthak Educational Trust, “Accessibility is one of the dire necessities for creating an inclusive environment. The difference between the able bodied and disabled is not so much because of physical challenges, as due to the fact that everything around us is designed from the perspective of able bodied people only. In such a scenario, accessible and adaptive technologies act as a support system to promote inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities.”
 

Speaking at the conference, Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel and Accessibility Lead, Microsoft India said, “At Microsoft we believe there are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it. We are committed to transparency, accountability, and inclusion in our products and our culture, and we are deeply inspired by the opportunity to work with others around the world to explore what’s possible. A market-driven ecosystem is the best environment for encouraging greater accessibility for all users. The Summit is a significant step forward in advancing our efforts towards sensitizing stakeholders and partners on the need for the business and social value of accessibility.”
 

Please find more information to Microsoft’s approach to accessibility on Microsoft Accessibility Website and see Microsoft India’s video on Empowering for Inclusion.
 

About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local datacenters to accelerate digital transformation across Indian start-ups, businesses, and government agencies. In 2016, Microsoft opened one of its eight Cyber Security Engagement Centers in the country, to address security needs of both public and private sectors.
 

For further information, contact
Anindita Phukan
Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
Email: Anindita.phukan@microsoft.com
+919811402847

Dhairya Chaudhry
Edelman India
dhairya.chaudhry@edelman.com
+9199689 84563
 

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Good news – Microsoft makes SQL Server “Developer Edition” free for developers !

April 1, 2016 2 comments

 
Microsoft on 31st March 2016 announced the free availability of Developer Edition of SQL Server, currently 2014. The Developer Edition is meant for development and testing only, and not for production environments or for use with production data.

SQL Server 2014 Dev Ed free

With SQL Server 2014 Developer edition developers can build any kind of application on top of SQL Server. It includes all the functionality of Enterprise edition, but is licensed for use as a development and test system, not as a production server.

So, with this edition you are getting the Database Engine as well as DW/BI capabilities ( i.e. SSIS /AS /RS) for free 🙂

 

[Download the SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition free here]
 

This is a very good news for Developers, as till now the SQL Server Express edition used to be the free database for entry-level development, which has lot of limitations like:

1. Only Database Engine, no DW/BI suit (absence of SSIS/RS/AS).

2. Max size of a DataBase is set to 10GB (but you can create multiple databases)

3. No SQL Agent

4. Single CPU utilization

5. Max 1 GB RAM allocation

6. Max 16 number of instances per server
 

Hence this is a very good deal that you can now get full featured suit of SQL Server with Database Engine as well as with all DW/BI capabilities for free to play, develop and learn with.
 


My whitepaper published on – Top 8 features of SQL Server 2016

March 14, 2016 Leave a comment

I am super excited to announce the availability of my Whitepaper at Microsoft IT Showcase on:

Microsoft IT looks at the top eight features of SQL Server 2016
 

Microsoft IT Showcase - SQL Server 2016 Top-8 features

Download : Word | PDF
 

Summary:

1. In-Memory OLTP helps ESBI meet their users’ business requirements for increased agility.

2. Columnstore Indexes reduce the amount of time it takes to run and render SRSS reporting data.

3. Temporal data reduces the amount of support tickets received from the field due to inaccurate data.

4. Row-Level Security provides a more reliable and standardized method to easily control which users can access data.

5. Dynamic Data Masking helps limit exposure of sensitive data, preventing users who should not have access to the data from viewing it.

6. Query Store provides better insight into the performance differences caused by changes in query plans.

7. Active Query Statistics allows a view of active query execution plans and helps identify and fix blocking issues while queries are running.

8. SQL Stretch Database helps improve performance to frequently used data while preserving access to archived data.
 

Download : Word | PDF
 

Please check my other posts on SQL Server 2016
 


SQL Server on Linux – Microsoft announcement

March 12, 2016 Leave a comment

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Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft on March 7, 2016 announced plans to bring SQL Server to Linux. He mentioned that this will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud, targeting the availability by mid-2017.

You can sign up for a Private preview here.
 

Recently in a Data Driven event Shawn Bice, General Manager, Database Systems Group, Microsoft showcased the capabilities and new features of SQL Server 2016. While demonstrating he gave a glimpse of SQL Server preview version running on Linux, and you can see the version in the snapshot below:

Microsoft SQL Server (Preview) – 13.0.8000.6 (X64)
Feb 24 2016 22:03:46 2015.0130.8000.06
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation
on Linux (Ubuntu 15.10)

SQL on Linux
 

Well I’m very excited and looking forward to download the SQL Server Linux preview and do some hands on.

Check more at https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/server-cloud/sql-server-on-linux.aspx
 


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Microsoft’s upcoming USCMO Webcasts | Digital Events

January 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Microsoft announced their new and improved USCMO webcast programs!

The USCMO (U.S. Central Marketing Organization) team manages and optimizes programs through the customer lifecycle in order to drive business results of conversion, pipeline, and managed costs.

Each webcast will stream live with interactive Q&A and will be made available on demand.

–> Please check the webcasts below you might be interested to register:

Webcast Title Webcast Date Registration URL
Protect Your Business Against Online Fraud 1/20/2015 http://aka.ms/protectblog
Social in the Enterprise 1/21/2015 http://aka.ms/enterpriseblog
Windows Server 2003 Migration: Hardware Modernization 1/22/2015 http://aka.ms/WS03blog
It’s a New Year, Be Ready to Adapt 1/22/2015 http://aka.ms/adaptblog
HIPAA Compliant Cloud Solutions with Microsoft BAA 1/23/2015 http://aka.ms/BAAblog
Announcing the Enterprise Cloud Suite 1/26/2015 http://aka.ms/suiteblog
Get a fresh start in 2015 with new Windows devices 1/28/2015 http://aka.ms/windeviceblog
Need fast AND affordable? Why not try SQL Server? 1/29/2015 http://aka.ms/SQLserverblog
Mobile Productivity in the Modern Workplace 2/4/2015 http://aka.ms/mobileblog
Windows Server 2003: Most Common Application Migration Concerns 2/5/2015 http://aka.ms/commonblog
Enabling Customer Insights Using Business Analytics 2/12/2015 http://aka.ms/customerblog
Windows Server 2003: Security Risk and Remediation 2/18/2015 http://aka.ms/remeblog
The Connected Workforce 2/18/2015 http://aka.ms/connectedblog
Fine Tune Your Supply Chain with Better Insight 2/19/2015 http://aka.ms/fineblog

Thanks !!!