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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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Robots May Be Able to Perform C-Sections Soon

These big, set-piece operations will become less common as we are able to intervene earlier and use more moderate interventions

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A newborn, one of 12 babies born by C-section, cries inside an incubator at the Bunda Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 12, 2012. VOA

Robotics are expected to become so sophisticated, hospitals may not need surgeons. Controlled by healthcare assistants, the machines will soon be delivering babies by carrying out C-sections as well as other surgeries, say experts.

The predictions are based on the report by the “Commission on the Future of Surgery” set up by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2017, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the report, the robots controlled by healthcare assistants such as technicians are expected to conduct vaginal surgeries and operations on the bowel, heart and lungs.

This will help advance diagnoses of illnesses like cancer before they destroy organs and, as a result, operations will be smaller in scale and less traumatic.

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FILE – A visitor shakes hands with a humanoid robot at 2018 China International Robot Show in Shanghai (VOA)

Even healthcare assistants — who do not need any formal qualifications to get a job — could one day be trained to perform C-sections with the robots, The Telegraph reported.

Specialists and surgeons will remain in charge of operations but may not always need to be in the room.

“This is always going to be under the watchful eye and careful supervision of a surgeon,” Richard Kerr, neurosurgeon at the Oxford University and Chair of the commission, was quoted as saying.

“These are highly qualified healthcare professionals and they will be trained in a specific aspect of that procedure.

“The changes are expected to affect every type of operation. This will be a watershed moment in surgery,” Kerr said.

While some applications of robots and DNA-based medicines are expected to happen sooner than others, those with healthcare assistant-led C-sections is possible within five years, the report said.

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These are highly qualified healthcare professionals and they will be trained in a specific aspect of that procedure. Flickr

However, the experts warn that the use of robots in surgery could be controversial. This is in light of an investigation which revealed that a 69-year-old man in Newcastle died when a robot was used to carry out his heart surgery in 2015.

The commission’s report also claims that major cancer operations could become a thing of past because screening DNA will pick up diseases earlier, before they ravage the body.

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Similarly, people with severe forms of arthritis could be identified early on and faster treatment might reduce the need for major hip and knee replacement ops.

“These big, set-piece operations will become less common as we are able to intervene earlier and use more moderate interventions,” said Professor Dion Mortonm, a member of the commission. (IANS)