The year that was 2009/1430H

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.01.2010 at 23:03

Now that we’re in 2010 (or 1431 according to the Hijra calendar), I thought I’d write about my reflections on the year past.


  • I joined Microsoft, one of my career milestones.
  • As a result, my MVP days were over, a privilege that I enjoyed for three consecutive years.
  • A few months after I joined Microsoft in Oman, I was given a chance to join Microsoft Qatar – which proved to be a rewarding experience – great team, great country, and fantastic partners!
  • We launched awesome products – Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Phone, Exchange Server 2010, OCS 2007 R2, to name a few.
  • This blog got rebranded to microsoftNOW. Also got 200 more unique hits per day than last year.
  • I got to travel to the US for the first time for MGX – an awesome experience!

Oman team with Gulf's trophymy son Abdullah :)MGX Windows Lounge with Ryan MillerWindows 7, Qatar


  • My lovely wife and I observed our first anniversary of wedded bliss.
  • Our cute little son, Abdullah was born – I became a father!
  • I relocated twice in 2009, once from Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Muscat (Oman). Then again to Doha, Qatar.
  • It was the only year in my life that I lived in 3 countries.
  • It was probably the only year in my life that I traveled to 5 countries.
  • Never took a vacation in 2009, but strangely didn’t feel it!
  • Got a year older, unarguably one step nearer to the end, thought of ways to get closer to God.


  • About 4 exabytes (4 billion gigabytes) of unique, new information was produced worldwide last year
  • The amount of new technical information increased by 50% last year
  • The amount of information that can flow down a wire has increased 6 times, and will continue to do so every year for the next 20 years
  • About 372 million searches were done on Google alone
  • 133 million babies were born – 247 babies every minute!

Here’s a video that’s worth a ponder: