LookBack 2014 part 1


Another one bites the dust!!
And this time it’s 2014. For some it might have been just another year whereas for others it might have brought about change of fortunes. The year 2014 started with a lot of expectations and hopes for our tech geeks. Whether it has been fulfilled or not, is a question to be scrutinized later.6800399-light-blue-background

Starting from shutting down of Orkut to windows 8.1 update, from mobile games making history to world’s second highest tech-acquisition, this year we witnessed more than what we could have ever expected. On one hand we found the world’s most sought after firm’s CEO (read Apple Inc.) revealing his sexual orientation and on other hand we saw the privacy of our beloved celebrities getting breached. This year truly seemed would never end surprising us.
With the year 2015 knocking on our door let us have a glance at the top 10 events or happenings in the year 2014 that grabbed our attention. Here are the bottom 5, keep watching this space for the rest in my next article:

No. 10: Apple Chief Tim Cook : ‘I’m proud to be gay.’

Tim Cook, Chief of Apple Inc.
Tim Cook, Chief of Apple Inc.

On October 30th, Apple Chief Tim Cook took the world by surprise when he revealed his sexual orientation that was only known to handful people so far. He made his announcement in order to help people struggling with their identity. He further said, “For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

No.9:Royalty free Windows

Well in the beginning of the year it was expected that Microsoft may reduce the cost of windows by as much as 75 percent for Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
But, Microsoft’s official announcement during its BUILD 2014 keynote address revealed that the price of Windows will actually be free for OEMs to put in smaller devices.

The parameters are that hardware makers who create smartphones and tablets that are smaller than 9 inches will get to install Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 8.1 for free. That means all Windows Phone OEM makers will get the OS for zero, as will PC makers who create tablets that are smaller than 9 inches. Tablets that are larger than 9 inches won’t be eligible for the free Windows 8.1 OS.
Just like Google made Android free for use in third party smartphones and tablets, Microsoft too is clearly designed to get Windows installed in more devices. However, it remains to be seen if there will be any additional conditions to this deal, such as licensing Microsoft apps like Skype and Bing, IE, etc for use in those smaller hardware products, but this will likely be a “win-win” situation for both Microsoft and device manufacturers and so all we can say at the end of this year ‘So far so good!!’

No.8:Office For All

On Nov 6, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, twitted:
“Life just got easier with new apps from @Office letting you get things done from anywhere, on any device”:http://bit.ly/1BlorIS
This was in fact a remarkable move to increase its customer base of Microsoft.
Since then Microsoft has extended support for iOS and Android on Office and in numerous other ways including making editing and key features in Office 365 free for iOS and Android consumer use and for organizations through its new Enterprise Mobility Suite licensing.

No. 7: Windows 10

All speculations were kept at bay when Windows chief Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore unveiled the name of its new operating system: Windows 10. Not Windows 8.2 or Windows 9… but Windows 10. When asked about Windows 10’s name, avoided a direct answer, instead joking said,” 7 ate 9”. “So, really, why did Microsoft call it Windows 10 instead of Windows 9?”

Preview of Windows 10
Preview of Windows 10

First of all, it’s important to note that between Windows 3 and Windows 7, versions of Windows were designated by a name rather than a number: 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, Vista, and so on. When Microsoft announced Windows 7, there was actually a similar amount of disbelief/pushback; after a series of named versions of Windows, it seemed odd to jump back to numbers.

Secondly, there’s also the odd fact that the name of each Windows release doesn’t actually match the real version number; for example, Windows 8.1 is actually version 6.3 of Windows. Windows 10 is version 6.4. The last time the release name actually matched the version number was Windows NT 4.0, which was released back in 1996. Windows 2000, which was called NT 5.0 during development, was actually version 5.0. Windows XP was version 5.1. Windows Vista was 6.0, Windows 7 was 6.1, Windows 8 was 6.2, and Windows 8.1 is version 6.3.
Technically, modern versions of Windows are still based on the Vista kernel/code base — including Windows 10, which is actually Windows 6.4. There will be some confusion if/when we eventually reach internal version 7.0, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Third, someone purporting to be a Microsoft developer posted this comment on Reddit:1

This may sound stupid but it is actually quite feasible that there are still a lot of legacy Desktop apps that use this method (or something similar) to check for Windows 95 or 98. Bear in mind that this is just an example piece of code — some developers will check for the OS name (“Windows…”), some will check for the version and some might use other methods entirely to find out what OS the app is running on.

No. 6: Ice bucket challenge

By now everyone had come to know about the Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Somewhere in the middle of this year, July–August 2014, we saw taking up this Ice Bucket Challenge in which involved dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.

Soon, it went viral on social media and donations from all across the globe poured in record time, in fact the ALS foundation is said to have received more than $100 million as donations.

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Bin, Larry Page are only a few who took this challenge for the noble cause and created awareness. Apart from IT industry wizards actors from the Hollywood also joined in creating a galore of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge takers.

So, this is the first part of the LookBack 2014, next part shall be up soon.Please do give us your comments and feedback and also guess what could be the top 5 of our list.
Till then Keep Calm and Party Hard Its New Year Eve.