9-year-old boy is now the world's youngest Microsoft tech specialist

You may remember that back in December we reported on a video that featured kids in a Microsoft store showing adults how to use Windows 8. It seemed like a funny way to show how Windows 8 is supposed to be easy to use.

Well, as it turns out, there's a 9-year-old boy from India that not only could show most people how to use Windows 8 but a whole lot more as well. The Times of India reports that the boy, 4th grader Pranav Kalyan, has now passed the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam. He is the youngest person to become a certified Microsoft tech specialist. The record was previously held by a 12-year-old in Dubai.

While Pranav was born in India, he now resides in California. He first started working on computers at the ripe old age of 2. His father Kalyan states, "As a toddler, Pranav was more fascinated by computers than toys. He started writing small software programs at the age of six. He is capable of solving problems in differential calculus and integral calculus. His efficiency in mathematics helped him write programs."

He prepared himself for the exam for 18 months and says he spent eight hours a day on computer programming over the recent holiday period. Pranav says he wants to be a scientist when he grows up, but before that happens, we suspect he will be making some money fixing PC systems.

Source: The Times of India

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@the di*khead who shared this post here, did you even read that? and is the website even official? number of points that I would like to highlight:
1) 4th grader passed the examination for Microsoft certified whatsoever it is, 4th grader?? really?? I couldn't digest this. and you are telling he passed that examination??
ok accepted this because he memorized those all possible questions,
2) He first started working on
computers at the ripe old age of 2.
really I was laughing while reading that too Rollin my fat ass out. at the age of 2? haha can't even stop laughing now...
3) He started
writing small software programs at the age of six.
come on, somebody control me, somebody come and smash me before I die by laughing. at the age of six, a child from India who may be just starting to learn English. he is developing softwares?? is software development a child's play?
may be he copied a html for hello world and his father called software. but I suspect that too, 6 year child doesn't know how to copy.
please somebody tell me it's a joke!! someone must be an idiot to believe this. gonna comment there too.

A 9 year old can do it but people I work with in support don't even know how to right click on a file and change the default program used to open it

Reminds me of an old joke...
All I need now is a computer, and a 10 year old kid to tech me how to use it.
(Yes I know this kid is 9)

does anyone know if he got a simplified test or not? I'm not anywhere near 100% sure, but I do remember reading somewhere that kids get somewhat simpler Microsoft Certified Professional tests O.o

wait. I remember watching this vid before.. And I thought it was on neowin. could be wrong though.. I (sometimes) read news up on Tweaker.net aswell.

Geranium_Z__NL said,
wait. I remember watching this vid before.. And I thought it was on neowin. could be wrong though.. I (sometimes) read news up on Tweaker.net aswell.

yeah, it was on neowin. that's not actually the kid that passed the test, it's just a random vid of a Microsoft kid they threw in to make the article longer

He's of Indian descent? Doesn't really surprise me. I suspected that would be the case, but I smell BS about writing software at the age of 6. I mean, what? does that sound like he's forced to do unrealistic life goals to anybody? Maybe his father is straight lying. Either way, let the kid be a freakin' kid.

Silpheed2K said,
He's of Indian descent? Doesn't really surprise me. I suspected that would be the case, but I smell BS about writing software at the age of 6. I mean, what? does that sound like he's forced to do unrealistic life goals to anybody? Maybe his father is straight lying. Either way, let the kid be a freakin' kid.

Maybe he just did "Hello world" and the father called it software.

Silpheed2K said,
He's of Indian descent? Doesn't really surprise me. I suspected that would be the case, but I smell BS about writing software at the age of 6. I mean, what? does that sound like he's forced to do unrealistic life goals to anybody? Maybe his father is straight lying. Either way, let the kid be a freakin' kid.

I was making digital circuits at 5... I'm not joking either, I was taught by my dad... but then binary and basic circuitry isn't hard to figure out when you know basic math but then my local school district thought something was "wrong" with me for knowing stuff like that so young...... and sent me to 3 different psychologists to give me IQ tests and crap... which did nothing but prove nothing was wrong with me

when parents actually take an interest in their kids and teach them young, you will learn stuff young... instead of most parents now days that plop you infront of Nick Jr or Sprout on TV and hope you just pick it up by watching stupid as heck shows

Silpheed2K said,
He's of Indian descent? Doesn't really surprise me. I suspected that would be the case, but I smell BS about writing software at the age of 6. I mean, what? does that sound like he's forced to do unrealistic life goals to anybody? Maybe his father is straight lying. Either way, let the kid be a freakin' kid.

I was making software at 6.
http://www.clickteam.com
Really isn't hard.

n_K said,

I was making software at 6.
http://www.clickteam.com
Really isn't hard.

back when I was 6 the Apple ][ was considered "advanced" *lol* was dableing with BASIC on it back then... was playing with extended basic on the TI-994A back then also... making anything meaningful, not really, but still understood a good bit of it no real game generators back then....

Silpheed2K said,
He's of Indian descent? Doesn't really surprise me. I suspected that would be the case, but I smell BS about writing software at the age of 6. I mean, what? does that sound like he's forced to do unrealistic life goals to anybody? Maybe his father is straight lying. Either way, let the kid be a freakin' kid.

I could see him "writing software at the age of 6" in really vague terms - languages like SmallBasic (http://smallbasic.com/) are geared towards kids of that age....though I highly doubt he was coding like Halo or something

i feel.... #snubbed. cmon MSFT!!! I am the fricken Microsoft MISSIONARRY!!! I GOT PEOPLE TO BUY AND L-I-K-E YOUR STUFF!!!! I DONT EVEN GET PAID BUT I AM STILL CALLED A PAID SHILL ON THE VERGE!! lol (tis is all true. i go by the MMissionary almost everywhere.) but i am 13. and not Indian. no offense to the wonderful people of India but y'all are like way too awesome with computers it gives the italians/jamaicans no chance.

Remember the one before the 4th grader Pranav Kalyan in India... I think was also from india, they said he was like 13... one look at his pic and you could tell he was like 43....

xendrome said,
Remember the one before the 4th grader Pranav Kalyan in India... I think was also from india, they said he was like 13... one look at his pic and you could tell he was like 43....

Didn't he have a light mustach also? I vaguely remember that

Lol yeah, I am exaggerating, but the guy was 25 for sure.. reminds me of when the chinese put 30 year old women in their little league softball...

xendrome said,
Lol yeah, I am exaggerating, but the guy was 25 for sure.. reminds me of when the chinese put 30 year old women in their little league softball...

Or 9 year olds on their gymnastics team

xendrome said,
Remember the one before the 4th grader Pranav Kalyan in India... I think was also from india, they said he was like 13... one look at his pic and you could tell he was like 43....

From the article (it wasn't even that far in):

The record was previously held by a 12-year-old in Dubai.

In addition, he doesn't look 25 or 43 to me: http://nativepakistan.com/wp-c...al-Worlds-youngest-MCTS.jpg
(Hint: Babar Iqbal, the previous record holder, is the one on the left)

Manish said,

From the article (it wasn't even that far in):

In addition, he doesn't look 25 or 43 to me: http://nativepakistan.com/wp-c...al-Worlds-youngest-MCTS.jpg
(Hint: Babar Iqbal, the previous record holder, is the one on the left)

They aren't talking about this record, actually... I think they are talking about some "13" year old that had found a closed form solution to a physics problem previously thought to only have an iterative, approximate solution. The dude had a mustache...

I remember that kid, he looked old but in fact he was young, some kids do have lil mustache in pre teens, my cousin have one too.

This isn't in India. Look at the channel name that produced the video and even the video description. I can further attest to this because they're really speaking Portuguese (I know because my parents taught me Portuguese as I grew up). You can even see it on the screen in the background.

Alas, there are places in India that speak Portuguese... Goa is the most well known place that comes to mind. But this is in Lisbon.

eh... I'm sorry, I know people will scream, but reading and remembering is one thing, putting to use is another... we've had a bunch of MCSE's, MCDP's that didn't know crap in pratice... I think anyone can memorize stuff at almost any age, you just have to be willing to do it and have the will to complete it..

neufuse said,
I think anyone can memorize stuff at almost any age, you just have to be willing to do it and have the will to complete it..

I'd have to agree, ones success is determined on motivation/perseverance.

neufuse said,
eh... I'm sorry, I know people will scream, but reading and remembering is one thing, putting to use is another... we've had a bunch of MCSE's, MCDP's that didn't know crap in pratice... I think anyone can memorize stuff at almost any age, you just have to be willing to do it and have the will to complete it..

You shouldn't even bother to write the obvious. It's just marketing with not only one target. Many targets simultaneously. "Kid from India" is a secondary one I'm talking about. "The Indians are smart... We want Indians!" -Fully symptomatically. Suddenly the last years, they want to tell us Indians are smarter, no matter they live in the mud for centuries and still males can kill or beat women without punishment, hardcore tribal racism among them while all are the same etc...

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