Microsoft Guardian App…


Microsoft India introducing Guardian for windows phone users in Hyderabad on Thursday.—PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNAExactly a year after the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder incident in New Delhi, global software services provider Microsoft came up with ‘Guardian’, a mobile-based safety application for Windows phones on Thursday in Hyderabad.

The application, which is created exclusively for Windows mobiles, enables users switch on the ‘track me’ feature to let friends and family members track them in real time using Windows Azure cloud services and Bing map applications. The users can also call for help and alert security and medical services through the ‘SOS’ alert button during the crisis.

The feather-weight application is less than a megabyte and has been developed over six months by Microsoft employees during their free time, according to Raj Biyani, managing director, Microsoft IT India. “Guardian is highly customised for Windows and it can be used to its fullest extent on the platform. However, we will also allow the users of other platforms to download it and use it,” Mr. Raj Biyani said. Considering over 100 such applications designed by many software firms in the market few months ago, analysts say that Microsoft is behind many other players in responding to the issue of women’s safety in terms of making an application. Moreover, the popularity of the Windows-based application is doubted given its low penetration in an Android and iOS dominated market.

 

It enables users to switch on the ‘track me’ feature to let friends and family members track them in real time

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