Government plans to make PMO just a touch away and has initiated a process to create an app to digitally connect citizens and government. The government will also send the person/team that develops the application to visit headquarters of Google in US.
The Minister for Communication & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, kick started a three phased contest in New Delhi.
The contest hosted by the government`s citizen engagement platform MyGov, in association with Google, will take place over a period of three months. At the end of the ideation, wireframe development and the App development phases, the best app will be presented to the PMO. The winning team will also get to visit Google headquarters in USA.
The contest is open to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age who are registered on MyGov. An independent jury constituted by MyGov will be judging the participant at the end of each phase.
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said that his “greatest mistake ever” was the company losing on the Android opportunity, which has costed Microsoft nearly $400 billion and made Google the real winner.
In an interview during an event hosted by venture capital firm Village Global, Gates revealed that the mistake was to allow Google to develop Android and not creating a profitable model themselves, reports TechCrunch.
“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” Gates told Eventbrite cofounder and CEO Julia Hartz.
“If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 per cent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G (Google) to company M (Microsoft),” he emphasised.
Google acquired Android for just $50 million in 2005. The original iPhone came out in 2007 and the first Android device was released in 2008.
Android today has 85 per cent of the smartphone OS market and Microsoft Windows OS-based devices are nowhere to be seen.