iOS 7 is what Windows 8 should have been…

iOS 7 was released today and after some ten unsuccessful download attempts, I was able to load this lengthiest update on my iPhone and iPad... iOS 7 is a reasonable increment giving much needed makeover to this platform, which had become monotonous in last few years. The key updates include iTunes radio, and control center. I also noticed some updates to Safari, Siri, Mail, and Photos. But the underlying OS is very much the same... and that's the good thing! No change for sake of it... All familiar items can still be found at the same place as earlier, eliminating unnecessary learning curve while enhancing the value...iTunes radio is just awesome.. and good thing is it works here in India without proxies. When you have hundreds of millions using your OS, a few hundreds can't make changes per their whims and fancies...The debacle of Windows 8's proven that. A good learning lesson for everyone in the End User Computing space...Accelerated incremental evolution... Right change at the right time... that's the mantra.
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My Interview Experiences: IIM Indore

Indian Institute of Management - Indore (IIM-I) (Mumbai Center, 06-April-2010, 1400 HRS) Verdict: Converted Status: Not Joining Essay: Timing: 20 minutes Topic: Concentrating only on IT and ITES will not help reduce income inequalitites in India. Word limit: 200 words, 1 page (2 sides) provided for essay, 1 page provided for rough work. Group Discussion: No group discussion. Personal Interview: Number of panelists: 2 Average Duration: 15-20 minutes Some of questions asked: What is cloud computing? Discussion on Microsoft's position in this sector vs Google Apps. Discussion on competition from Google Chrome OS and Netbooks and future of PC. Discussion on Subscription based business models, iTunes etc. What is Flash memory? Tell us something which is not in profile sheet. Tell about all 5 books written by Dan Brown in short. Detailed discussion on essay around 5-6 minutes. According to you what is biggest problem India is facing today. My answer was corruption. Detailed discussion on corruption, various examples. Around 5 min. Discussion on some of significant incidents faced during work. CAT 2009: OA - 99.08% QA - 95.93% LDI - 94.95% VA - 98.7% | Std X: 92% (MH) | Std XII: 88.17% (MH) | B.E. COMP ENGG: 73.33% (MU) | WorkEx: As on Dec 2009, 29 Months at Microsoft India.
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My Interview Experiences: IIM Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management - Kozhikode (IIM - K) (Mumbai Center, 22-March-2010, 0900 HRS) Verdict: Converted Status: Not Joining Essay: Timing: 15 minutes Topic: Reasonable men adapt themselves to the system. Unreasonable men don't accept and try to adapt system to themselves. That's why progress depends upon unreasonable men. Word limit: No word limit specified, 2 pages (4 sides) provided. Group Discussion: Number of participants: 8 Number of panelists: 3 Topic: Case based topic. A paragraph was provided based on organizational skills of a person and what determines great organizational assets. GD Remarks: Very peaceful. Everyone got to speak. Personal Interview: Number of panelists: 3 Average Duration: 15-20 minutes Some of questions asked: Introduce yourself. Some question on synthesizer/piano. (I had mentioned in my hobbies) Do you follow politics? Yes. I read newspaper daily. Tell something  about some recent issue. Told about Nuclear liability bill and opposition from Left/BJP. Discussion in detail. What about Union Carbide Bhopal tragedy? Told. Tell about outcome of Bofors case? Told. Discussion on corruption and politics, name politicians with clean image, name politicians punished under any case, etc. Told Asked about Sukhram from Himachal. Don't know. Bhakti movement in Maharashtra? Told some names. Panipat wars? Told about third one between Marathas and Abdali. Compare between 3 Idiots and Five point someone? Which one is better? Was Chetan Bhagat right with his accusation? Detailed discussion. Some question on graphs - Increasing with increasing rate, increasing with decreasing rate, relation to Indian population growth and some shift point. Answered partially. Do you know about Notion Ink? Answered in detail about Adam, compared with iPad, key features, Indian company. What operating system Adam uses? Answered Andriod. Question on Microsoft's future against open source platform, discussion on iPhone and Windows Mobile 7 series. What if you are put up on some island without any computer with you? Answered I can't survive. Discussion on Robinson Crusoe. Other remarks: Did not verify any certificates for extra-curricular mentioned in Personal Data Form. Did not ask any question on Personal Data Form during Interview. Did not ask for Certificate file during Interview. CAT 2009: OA - 99.08% QA - 95.93% LDI - 94.95% VA - 98.7% | Std X: 92% (MH) | Std XII: 88.17% (MH) | B.E. COMP ENGG: 73.33% (MU) | WorkEx: As on Dec 2009, 29 Months at Microsoft India.
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My Interview Experiences: IIM Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management - Lucknow (IIM-L) (Mumbai Center, 01-April-2010, 0930 HRS) Verdict: Converted Status: JOINING Essay: Timing: 15 minutes Topic: In socialist country like India, salaries of private sector executives should be regulated. Word limit: 300 words, 1 ruled page (2 sides)  provided Group Discussion: Number of participants: 9 Number of panelists: 2 Topic: Same as essay. Time Duration: 13.5 minutes :) Personal Interview: Number of panelists: 3 Average Duration: 15-20 minutes Some of questions asked: Introduce yourself. What do you know about ISKON? What do you know about Bill and Melinda Gates foundation? Why was Melinda in India recently, what was the project? Why is Microsoft Best company in India to work with? Why it is best brand as Employer? What are business ethics in Microsoft? Some question on some point mentioned in the GD. What are current tax slabs? What is direct tax code? Who is current Governer of Maharashtra? Who was Chief Minister of Maharashtra before current one? What is he doing now? Discussion on MNS and Marathi Manus and its pros and cons. Discussion on Ganeshotsava. What is team? Some discussion. What are leadership qualities? Some question on Motivation theories. CAT 2009: OA - 99.08% QA - 95.93% LDI - 94.95% VA - 98.7% | Std X: 92% (MH) | Std XII: 88.17% (MH) | B.E. COMP ENGG: 73.33% (MU) | WorkEx: As on Dec 2009, 29 Months at Microsoft India.
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My Interview Experiences: S. P. Jain

S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai - Profile based Information Management call (Mumbai Center, 28-March-2010, 1000 HRS slot) Interview type: Group Interview (2 rounds) Verdict: Converted Status: NOT JOINING Round 1 : (7 candidates - 3 IM, 2 Operations, 1 Marketing, 1 Finance; 3 panelists) Round 1 of Group interview was elimination round. Major focus of discussion was 'Why do you want to do MBA?'. Apart from that there were certain questions on hobbies, passions etc. It took around 1 Hr 10 minutes. Panel really grilled everyone with many questions. You need to have proper clarity on your career goals and no nonsense on social service and entrepreneurship as panel would recognize you are telling lies after probing. 3 out of 7 were selected for second round - 1 IM (me), 1 Finance and 1 Operations After round 1 we had a psychometric test comprised of 30 questions - 10 in each of 3 groups. Questions were objective but we were supposed to provide justification for any 2 out of 10 questions in each group that's total 6. This was used by panel in round 2 to test candidates on certain parameters. Round 2 : (7 candidates - 2 IM, 2 Finance, 2 Marketing, 1 Operations; 2 panelists) Round 2 revolved around the psychometric sheet only. Everyone was asked questions about choices filled in the sheet and were asked justifications. Major focus on discussion was related to our values, thought process and attitude. It took around an hour. After round 2, we were provided feedback sheet, on which we had to provide detailed feedback on psychometric evaluation. Process ended. No questions on academics, work related or general awareness. Overall I found this process very unique compared to any other interviews that I have ever attended. It was a good experience. CAT 2009: OA - 99.08% QA - 95.93% LDI - 94.95% VA - 98.7% | Std X: 92% (MH) | Std XII: 88.17% (MH) | B.E. COMP ENGG: 73.33% (MU) | WorkEx: As on Dec 2009, 29 Months at Microsoft India.
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