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You'll Never Guess Age of Microsoft's Youngest Technician

Short & Sweet

Are you smarter than a 5 year old? Not this one! Ayan Qureshi from England recently became the youngest person to pass a Microsoft IT technician exam.

The Lowdown

Okay, I'll admit it. My 6 year old knows more than I do about my iPhone. I am well aware that soon she'll be able to use a computer better than I do, too. But at least she is not showing me up like young Qureshi!

Perhaps the junior prodigy had an edge because his father is also an IT technician. At least that is what I am trying to tell myself by way of consolation. I mean, words like "zip file" and "external drive" give me the hives! And this kid probably thinks those terms are as elemental as the ABCs.

Qureshi got his start at age 3 in his home computer lab, building a network of computers. He does admit—to make us feel better?—that the Microsoft exam was a challenge, but manageable.

His dad said, "The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a 5 year old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory. ... I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he'd remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information."

The Upshot

Kids today are using and understanding technology more and more. Although my family doesn't, many kids my daughter's age own a tablet and know how to install their own apps. She will be expected to know how to type and use a mouse by the end of her first grade year. At least she can help me with my computer issues soon.

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