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‘Made for India’ Microsoft ‘Kaizala’ App to Boost Productivity

Microsoft's India officially launched 'Kaizala', a 'made for India' app that has has been designed for large group communications and work management, even for remote locations with 2G optimisation and intends to enable businesses become more productive

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  • Microsoft India on Wednesday officially launched ‘Kaizala — a ‘made for India’ app that has been designed for large group communications and work management
  • The app works even in remote locations with 2G optimization
  • Powered by Azure Cloud platform, ‘Kaizala’ would help organizations seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks and bring together desktop users and mobile-only users

New Delhi, July 26, 2017: To enable businesses to become more productive, Microsoft India on Wednesday officially launched ‘Kaizala — a ‘made for India’ app that has been designed for large group communications and work management, even for remote locations with 2G optimization.

Powered by Azure Cloud platform, ‘Kaizala’ would help organizations seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks and bring together desktop users and mobile-only users who may be within or outside their organizations.

The company also announced the launch of ‘Kaizala Pro’ — an enterprise version that allows organizations to have full administrative control of their groups.

‘Kaizala’ is available in India as a free download on iOS and Android phones. ‘Kaizala Pro’ is available for purchase at a list price of Rs 130 per user per month.

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“‘Kaizala’ brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace. The product will make it possible for organizations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, told reporters here.

“It is different from Microsoft Teams in a way that it helps mobile-first people — be it partners, customers or users — connect with organizations seamlessly,” he added. Microsoft Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365.

The app users can simply get connected using their mobile phone numbers as their primary unique ID.

Using ‘Kaizala’, organizations can connect with their employees and the extended value chain.

“The product offers a simple and familiar chat interface and goes beyond to make everyone more productive using Surveys, Polls, Jobs, Meetings and other actions, right in your chats,” added Rajiv Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Office Product Group, Microsoft.

‘Kaizala’ has seen significant adoption among organizations such as YES Bank, Apollo Telemedicine, Republic TV, United Phosphorous Limited and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, who are currently piloting the solution for their internal teams.

Earlier in the day, NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that the economic advisory body is an early adapter of the app.

“Delighted 2 launch Microsoft’s Kaizala – a safe, secure, mobile first App designed & developed in India. Niti was its first few adopters,” Kant tweeted.

In addition, the Andhra Pradesh government is one of the first government organisations to use ‘Kaizala’ for real-time governance.

More than 30 government departments and over 70,000 users in the state government are using ‘Kaizala’ for day-to-day work.

Both ‘Kaizala’ and ‘Kaizala Pro’ are integrated with Microsoft Office 365.

Kaizala is a product of Microsoft Garage, which focuses on experimental ideas and projects. (IANS)

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India Is Developing Technologies To Launch Manned Mission

The state-run ISRO’s technology demonstrator is the first in a series of tests to qualify as a crew escape system, critical for a manned mission.

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India’s dream to put a man in space. Pixabay

India is developing critical technologies for launching manned missions in space and preparing a document on it, a top official said on Saturday.

“Critical technologies are being developed for our human space programme as it is India’s dream to put a man in space. A mission document is in the making,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told the media at an aerospace event here.

Citing the space agency’s successful maiden unmanned pad abort test on Thursday at its Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh for the safe escape of the crew in an emergency, Sivan said that very complex technology was used for the trial, with a unique motor for fast-burning.

“The technology is very essential for our manned missions in the future, as the motor’s performance was very good. Using aerodynamics, the module was turned in a favourable direction to open the parachutes,” he said.

The state-run ISRO’s technology demonstrator is the first in a series of tests to qualify as a crew escape system, critical for a manned mission.

“We are only in the preparation stage. We need to develop much more. We are in the process of refining a document on the manned mission for review and interactions with stakeholders, including the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL),” said Sivan.

The crew escape system is an emergency escape measure designed to quickly pull the crew module along with the astronauts to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in the event of a launch abort.

The first pad abort test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad,” ISRO said in a statement earlier.

Admitting that the scientists had to work on the next strategy for the manned mission testing, Sivan said ISRO’s work was two-pronged, with one on approved projects and the other for research and development (R&D).

The first pad abort test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad,” ISRO said in a statement earlier.
The first pad abort test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad,” ISRO said in a statement earlier. Flickr

“The pad abort test for the crew escape system is part of our R&D work,” he noted. The space agency also tested five new technologies during the pad abort test, as part of its strategy to develop long-term technologies.

“We and the government work on a three-year plan, with a seven-year strategy and a 15-year vision,” asserted Sivan.

Noting that space tourism would happen in the near future, the rocket scientist said it would take at least 15 years to develop the vehicle to go to space and return to the earth.

“We are not close to that. We need to work a lot towards achieving the dream of putting a man into space,” added Sivan.

After a five-hour countdown, the crew escape system lifted off with the 12.6 tonne simulated crew module from the spaceport and plunged into the sea (Bay of Bengal) 4 minutes and 19 seconds later with two parachutes, around 2.9 km away from Sriharikota, about 90km northeast of Chennai.

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“The crew module soared 2.7 km altitude on thrust of its seven solid motors without exceeding the safe G (gravity) levels,” added the statement. (IANS)