Gulf countries to get Windows Phone 8

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.07.2012 at 14:47

In a blog post, the Windows Phone team announced the list of countries where Windows Phone 8 would be available.

Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Kuwait are among the countries slated to get both the Windows Phone 8 App Hub as well as the Marketplace.

This is definitely a step in the right direction, keeping in mind Windows Phone 7 which was not available in the Gulf.

Below is list from the Windows Team blog, subject to change. Click to expand.

The Windows Phone Marketplace and AppHub for developers are coming to more countries and regions for Windows Phone 8.

Gulf Lync Launch

by Shijaz Abdulla on 30.01.2011 at 15:59

In partnership with Jabra and Polycom, Microsoft cordially invites you to attend the exclusive Unified Communications Launch roadshow in the Gulf region. Success in today’s business world hinges on collaboration – whether it’s with other employees, clients, partners, or vendors. Now there’s a way for your organization to transform every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere

Register now for the Lync Roadshow in your city!

Why attend?
Meet international subject matter experts from Jabra, Polycom and Microsoft and learn the latest trends and cutting-edge technologies in the Unified Communications space.
Jabra’s award-winning corded and wireless headset solutions integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Lync providing a reliable, easy to use and cost effective user experience across multiple devices and platforms.
Polycom provides a complete, standards-based, and interoperable UC solution for voice, video, conferencing, and collaboration, giving customers a choice through the scalable Polycom infrastructure and Microsoft Lyncâ„¢ platform
Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2010 is the next generation of Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offers organizations a wide range of option

  • A single interface that unites voice communications, presence and instant messaging, and audio/video/web conferencing into a solution that can enhance or replace existing systems.
  • A familiar user experience accessible through Microsoft® Office, Microsoft SharePoint®,
    and Microsoft Exchange.
  • A single identity that connects users to contacts inside and outside the organization.
  • A consistent experience across PC, phone, web, or mobile that gives users the option to connect
    from multiple devices.
  • Exceptional security and reliability that works with Active Directory® and Microsoft Forefront®.
  • Interoperability with existing systems for smoother deployment and migration.

A rich platform for development, bringing unified communications into custom solutions ranging from business workflows to line-of-business applications.

February 5th 2011 – Oman
February 6th 2011 – Bahrain
February 7th 2011 – Qatar
February 8th 2011 – Kuwait
February 9th 2011 – UAE

Register now for the Lync Roadshow in your city!

Bahrain ‘worst affected’ by Malware

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.01.2009 at 07:32

January 3, 2009

Bahrain has been identified as the worst affected Middle East country in a Microsoft report on Malware infection.bahrain-flag The report also suggests that Bahrain has the second highest malware infections in the world, only next to Afghanistan.

The report features Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and the UAE in the worst 25 countries affected by Malware infection.

The Security Intelligence Report measures malware infection by recording the amount of times that malware is detected in every thousand uses of the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). MSRT is a free tool that is designed to remove the most common or damaging malware and is downloaded and executed as part of Windows Update. The tool is run on average 400 million times per month, and collects non-personal data on infections. Statistical data for this report is derived from MSRT.

The GCC infection rates, in decreasing order: Bahrain (29.2), Saudi Arabia (22.3), UAE (17.3), Qatar (16.1), Kuwait (15.9), Oman (15.3). All GCC countries showed an increase in infection from last year, except for UAE, which has shown a 4.8 decrease from 2007.

The presence of a significant number of GCC countries in the worst 25 list underlines the need for bringing in more awareness in the user and IT Pro community about the prevention techniques and the technology that is required to proactively ensure immunity from such threats.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Afterthought: Technically speaking, it could also be possible, that there are even worse countries – where MSRT itself is never run on computers because they simply don’t run Windows Update! Such countries may not be appropriately placed in this list 🙂

IT Evolution 2008 Event

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.10.2008 at 09:46

Coming to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar on the dates below. Register now by clicking on the link below.


Session 2 @ Bahrain: Careers in IT

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.08.2008 at 08:12

Yesterday, I delivered the last session of the two-day workshop at the Summer Shade camp for teenagers. The audience consisted of students from grade 8 to 12.

I provided an insight on the various career options in the field of Information Technology, gave details on various degree courses that can be pursued. It was more of a career planning session that helped students interested in pursuing an IT career to make decisions. I also explained the need for certifications and the various industry certifications available. The career planning session received good interest and it was very interactive.

After the session, we all sat down to eat delicious Bahraini Machboos – and I also got a picture taken with some of the attendees 🙂

Session at Bahrain: Information Technology – Use & Misuse

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.08.2008 at 09:40

Yesterday I delivered a session on “Information Technology – Use & Misuse” at Al Furqan Center in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was very interactive and we had a good time discussing the uses as well as threats of modern technology.

We discussed the security and privacy issues on the internet and how we can protect ourselves from software and human threats and have a good overall online experience. A security awareness was emphasized around online interactions and conversations by use of instant messaging, social networking, and other internet tools. We also discussed why security is important, even at home and simple tools that can be used to ensure privacy. An awareness was created around internet child abuse and the ill-effects of pornography.

We discussed how one can be a good netizen, and how we can take advantage of technology, but at the same time prevent its use for illegitimate purposes. The discussions on illegitimate use of the Internet where in light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and included issues surrounding pornography, privacy, social networking, multimedia technology, etc.

Audience 1 Audience 2  Me in a Kandoora!

This is a picture of me wearing a Dishdasha!

See Also: Day 2 – IT Career Planning

An electronic visa for Bahrain

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.12.2007 at 14:28

I’m off to Bahrain on Tuesday to spend the Islamic festival of Eid Al Adha with family & friends. Being an Indian resident of the UAE, I will need a visit visa to enter Bahrain.

I was delighted to know that a Bahrain visit visa’s can be applied for and received over the internet! The Bahrain government has taken a great step forward in simplifying the visa application process and making it available online.

You simply visit the Bahrain eVisa website, enter the required passport information, make sure that you meet the eligibility and submit your application. The fees for issuing the visa is paid online by credit card. Within 3 days, the authorities will verify your application and you can print your visa online. Bon voyage!

Eid Mubarak!