Supporting Pakistan flood victims under Microsoft Disaster Response

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.08.2010 at 10:54


In times of disaster, Microsoft helps increase resources available to humanitarian relief organizations by connecting citizens and their employees to donation opportunities. Microsoft invites you to consider supporting any of the following relief organizations providing support to flood relief efforts in Pakistan.

According to Microsoft:

“We have activated our disaster response protocol to monitor the situation in Pakistan and offer support as appropriate. We are taking a number of steps, including offering technical support to lead response organizations, promoting employee giving and volunteering and assessing where our resources can be most helpful for the impacted region and communities.”

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: