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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella arrives in India, says era of intelligent cloud is at hand

Satya Nadella is on a multi-day tour to India and on Monday at an event in Mumbai, the Microsoft CEO talked of how his company is focussing on delivering intelligent cloud services Indian firms.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | February 24, 2020 | Updated 15:18 IST
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Highlights

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is visiting India for the first time after he made comments on CAA several weeks ago.
  • At Microsoft event in Mumbai, Nadella talked of how his company is making cloud solutions smart and intelligent.
  • From Mumbai, Nadella is scheduled to visit Delhi in coming days.

Information technology giant Microsoft Corporation is looking to tap more digital opportunities in India by focusing on start-ups and enterprises on the cloud platform, and enabling companies to build their own technologies.

At an event in Mumbai on Monday attended by the heads from the corporate world, most of whom were Microsoft's clients, the company CEO Satya Nadella said that the era of intelligent cloud is at hand" and that looking at the next ten years, we need to have broader productivity, that cuts across all sectors, and where the small, as well as the big enterprises, will benefit.

According to Nadella, the big question is how companies in India can ride the technology wave. There are 50 billion devices that are going to be connected by 2030. By 2025, that total amount of data will go up to 175 zettabytes. As much as 70 per cent of the opportunities for developers will be outside the tech sector, he said. By 2023, over 500 million application will be created, more than what was created in the past 40 years, he added.

Anant Maheswari, president of Microsoft India said that India has the third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world. This, coupled with the fact that the country has 650 million people below 25 years of age, presents a big opportunity for Microsoft, as the new start-ups need tools that can help them create solutions. Similarly, 70 per cent of businesses are already on the public cloud, and most companies doing work on artificial intelligence are small and medium enterprises, which means the ecosystem is growing. How do we upscale presents a huge opportunity, said Rajesh Gopinathan, MD & CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, one of Microsoft's high profile clients in India.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, yet another large client of Microsoft, said that thanks to technology, mobile networks in India were at par with anywhere else in the world. India's turning to a $3 trillion economy is due to technology, he said. Even since Reliance Jio has come into the fray, 380 million have migrated to 4G technology, he claimed.

This is the first visit by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella after he commented India's Citizenship Amendment Act several weeks ago. From Mumbai, Nadella is scheduled to visit Delhi and it is expected that he will have several meetings in the town to reaffirm Microsoft's commitment to India.

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