Chandrababu Naidu, Bill Gates win CIOL Millennium Poll

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When it comes to polls, you cannot beat the politicians. The young IT savvy

chief executive officer of Andhra Pradesh has ousted the founding fathers of IT

in India as the CIOL IT Man of the Decade (Indian). Despite a series of

setbacks, Microsoft and its founder continued to be the favourites in their

respective categories. However, the fast growing operating system Linux narrowly

pipped Windows to emerge as the CIOL Product of the Decade.


In a Internet poll conducted by Cyber India Online Ltd. (CIOL), India’s No.

1 IT Portal, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was adjudged the

person who mattered most during the 90s of the last century in the field of

Indian information technology. In the global scene, the richest man in the

world, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was the choice.

The poll, which ran for 100 days, received nearly 35,000 votes in the eight

categories. One of the most popular Indian IT company, Infosys Technologies, has

been voted as the CIOL Company of the Decade (Non-MNC).

Interestingly, Infosys chief N.R. Narayana Murthy came in second to Mr Naidu.

HCL Group chairman Shiv Nadar came in a close third for the title of CIOL Man of

the Decade (Indian).


Mr Gates polled the maximum votes across all categories for the title of CIOL

Man of the Decade (Global). Significantly, while Mr Gates faced no competion

whatsoever in his category, Microsoft archrival Sun Microsystems gave tough

competition to the former. It should be noted that during the time that the CIOL

Millennium Poll ran, both Microsoft and its chairman Bill Gates were neck deep

in trouble with the findings of Judge Jackson going against them. This, however,

seems to have made no impact on the popularity of both.

In the CIOL Product of the Decade, it was a fight between Microsoft Windows

and Linux. The tried and tested lost to the one holding potential. The World

Wide Web took the title of CIOL Technology of the Decade.

Among the biggest failures of the decade, OS/2 and Microsoft Xenix were the

popular choices in the product category, while Artificial Intelligence and

ActiveX made it in the technology category.