Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vadodara teenager contributes towards Microsoft software update

Windows 7

Vadodara: If you upgrade to Windows 7 on your computer or laptop, a city lad will have a role to play. A class X student Harsh Hirani, 15, has been one of the few recipients in the country to be given Windows 7 signature edition by Microsoft. Hirani has been given this software for his contribution in building the new Windows edition.
A computer whizkid, Hirani has been working with the software giant for last three years while they were building Windows 7. “I was told by my neighbours about Microsoft’s hunt for talent and beta testers. I wrote to them, inquiring about their programmes. After exchanging a few e-mails, I started working with their research and development division,” said Hirani.
In last three years, Hirani has tested over 22 applications. “I used to download these applications, use, review and test them. Then, I had to send in the feedback, along with suggestions. The beginning of my journey was when I identified an application that enables the user to make invisible folder in Windows XP. This was one loophole which even the company was not aware of,” added Hirani, a student of Navrachana School.
In order to win the confidence of the company in his capabilities, Hirani also took online exams from National Computer Science Academy in USA.
“I did not know that my mere interest in exploring the complex computer network would provide me an opportunity to work with such a big company in my school days itself,” said Hirani, who dreams of making it to the Indian Institute of Technology.

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