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Make use of cloud, data to realise potential: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to emerging India

Satya Nadella said there is going to be more computing in our lives in the coming decades.

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A month after his meeting with Minister Narendra Modi in California, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was in Mumbai on Thursday, said Microsoft wants to play a small part in helping India achieve its true potential.

During his 45-minute keynote at Future Unleashed, Microsoft’s largest ever customer and partner event in India, Nadella explained how Microsoft has three interlocking ambitions now: Reinvention of productivity and business process and bringing them together; building an intelligent cloud and more personal computing in different forms.


Giving a hands-on demo of how Microsoft sought to achieve this, he showed how Microsoft was now driving productivity across even Apple devices with renewed software like Delve Analytics for business intelligence. He showed how Microsoft was helping to take the continuum experience across devices and services so that the experience remains the same.

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Highlighting the power of the local cloud — Microsoft now has three data centres in India – to open windows of opportunity for the world, he said institutions like LV Prasad eye hospitals were looking at data to reduce price of affordable care and democratise it even further.

He also gave the example of Andhra Pradesh which is using student data to predict where dropouts might happen and focus scarce resources where they will have a better impact.

“An intelligent cloud helps you take advantage of one of your core assets, and that is data. We are now seeing the owner of the cloud manifest across the entire landscape of India,” he told the gathering which included Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and industry leaders like Anand Mahindra and Mukund Rajan.

The India-born CEO said there is going to be more computing in our lives in the coming decades. “Computing will be everywhere, but what will be key is our mobility of our human experience through all this computing. That is where the cloud is important.”

Goodies for india: Start-up accelerator, new devices 


As part of the smart cities initiative, Satya Nadella announced a special accelerator project for start-ups that were working on solving urban issues like education, logistics and services. The company has been helping startups reach fruition as part of Microsoft Ventures.

He also announced the availability of the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950xl smart phones by the end of the year. He said the capability of these devices to do PC-like computing will be great for a country like India. Nadella said the new Microsoft Surface Pro will be available in India in January. Incidentally, none of the earlier generations of the device have been sold in India.  ENS

First published on: 06-11-2015 at 01:35:25 am
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