Microsoft India

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Microsoft India Private Limited
Subsidiary
Industry Computer software
Headquarters Hyderabad, India[1]
Key people
Bhaskar Pramanik (Chairman)
Number of employees
Approx 6,500
Parent Microsoft Corporation
Website Microsoft India

Microsoft India Private Limited is a subsidiary of American software company Microsoft Corporation, headquartered in Hyderabad, India. The company first entered the Indian market in 1990 and has since worked closely with the Indian government, the IT industry, academia and the local developer community to usher in some of the early successes in the IT market. Microsoft currently has offices in the 9 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, the NCR (New Delhi and Gurgaon) and Pune[3]. Increasingly, the company has become a key IT partner of the Indian government and industry, supporting and fueling the growth of the local IT industry through its partner enablement programs. Since its entry into India, Microsoft has focused on three key objectives:

  • To become a key IT partner of the Indian government and the local IT industry
  • To support and fuel growth of the local IT industry through its partner enablement programs
  • To use the Microsoft Unlimited Potential program to enhance education, jobs and opportunities and foster innovation through relevant, affordable access to computing.

Microsoft in India employs about 6,500 people and has six business units representing the complete Microsoft product portfolio. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman of Microsoft India, announced that Microsoft intends to provide free internet connectivity across India.[4]

Microsoft India increased maternity leave for their female employees in 1 February 2016 from 3 months to 6 months (if the child was born from the woman), and for mothers of adopted children to eight calendar weeks.[5]

Business units

Microsoft India operates the following six business units in India.[6]

  1. Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited
  2. Microsoft Research India (MSR India)
  3. Microsoft Services Global Delivery (MSGD)
  4. Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. (MCIPL)
  5. Microsoft IT India (MSIT India)
  6. Microsoft India Global Technical Support Center (IGTSC)

Microsoft India Development Center DIGITAL INDIA

Located in Hyderabad, the Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) is Microsoft’s largest software development center outside of their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The MSIDC teams focus on strategic and IP sensitive software product development. Microsoft enables Digital India with powerful yet affordable Windows Jaipur, April 11, 2017: India is on a journey of digital transformation and Microsoft, along with its India OEM partners, is helping the country by creating an innovative Windows 10 device portfolio that provides powerful yet affordable computing to the largest segments of our populace. Microsoft is truly committed to the Indian market and focuses on three key pillars i.e. powerful yet affordable computing for the masses; bringing choice to the market through innovative form factors; securing the consumers digitally and in turn, empowering every person and organization to achieve more.

Today, Microsoft along with its India OEM partners showcased a wide range of Windows 10 computing devices for first-time buyers. The devices spanned various form factors and price points starting from Rs. 9,999/-, which included Micromax 2-in-1s and Canvas laptops, iBall CompBook 2-in-1 and laptop series, Lava TwinPad, RDP ThinBook and Global Space amongst others. The devices showcased are in line with Microsoft’s commitment to foster new opportunities, drive innovation and increase productivity with Windows 10.

Talking about Microsoft’s commitment towards Digital India, Mr. Priyadarshi Mohapatra – Country General Manager, Consumer & Devices Sales, Microsoft India, said, “At Microsoft we are working closely with our India OEM partners to empower students, small & medium-sized entrepreneurs and households with powerful, secure yet affordable Windows 10 devices that allow them to be productive and achieve more. We have designed a wide range of devices with innovative form factors and price points, and would now be looking at helping them use the Microsoft Cloud effectively.”

Sandeep Parasrampuria, CEO, iBall said, “Our strategic partnership with Microsoft and Intel helps support the digital transformation of India. It is our continuing endeavor to innovate and introduce robust products with the latest technologies. In this era of touch screen devices, we have established the right connect with the dynamic needs of today’s aspiring audience.”

Vikram Redlapalli, Founder & Managing Director, RDP Workstations Pvt. Ltd., said, “At RDP, we believe in creating devices that help businesses increase their efficiency and widen their market. Our partnership with Microsoft will help us bring in more devices that are affordable and easily accessible, with the most secure windows ever, Windows 10.”

The new range of Windows 10 PCs and tablets offer rich new user experiences and scenarios that Windows 10 enables including Start Menu enhancements, Universal Windows Apps, multitasking capabilities, and high-grade security features. In addition, these devices also light up capabilities with the latest innovations such as Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Windows Hello.

Talking about his experience with an India OEM device, local Jaipur resident, Narendra Kumar Mishra (team leader at an automotive company) said, “This device has opened up multiple avenues for both my daughters. One is in B. Sc. 2nd year and the other is in Class 7, and they use it extensively for their education. The high quality of the device (long battery life, excellent sound quality, light weight, etc.), affordable price and genuine Windows 10 make it a great choice.”

Windows 10 has seen a great momentum with 400 million monthly active devices across the world. Microsoft and its India OEM partners are encouraged by the response to Windows 10 and are committed to develop an enhanced device ecosystem running Windows 10.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

Microsoft's Slew Of Offerings To Boost 'Digital India'


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, spoke at the company’s Future Decoded event, and announced a new offering for mobile-first and mobile-only markets – Skype Lite that allows communication and collaboration over low-bandwidth networks and will bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017. He further announced that India’s largest bank - State Bank of India, has chosen Office365 to drive communication and collaboration among its employees.

He spoke of a blended learning platform that brings together Microsoft’s cloud technologies and LinkedIn’s job search capabilities. Referred to as Project Sangam it can create a life-long skilling platform for Indian workers. Nadella also mentioned Kaizala, a productivity app that helps organizations connect with mobile only users to get work done on simple and secure chat interface.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization to achieve more,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “With the transformative power of the cloud, we are enabling Indian start-ups, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies to build new digital capability, find new growth and seize the opportunities ahead.”

Microsoft also showcased its cloud and mobile technologies that are driving digital transformation across large, medium and small enterprises and across government departments in India. State Bank of India, Flipkart, Tata Motors, and government departments across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are using Microsoft’s cloud and mobile technologies to empower employees, engage customers, optimize processes and transform products and services.

Skype Lite is Microsoft’s fastest and smallest Skype app to date. It is built to help people in India stay connected in challenging network conditions, as it is lightweight and fast. Skype Lite contains features specifically designed for India, including help to manage SMS by intelligently removing clutter, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring, India-focused Skype Bots and power saving functionality.

Satya Nadella Unleashes Digital India Plans

The app will be available in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Skype will also bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017. With this integration, Skype users will be able to authenticate the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews, goods and property sale.

Nadella also spoke about Project Sangam that aims to bridge the widening skill gap in the country today. It will enable blended online and offline, teaching and learning. The project aims to connect the skills learning programs directly with relevant jobs, by leveraging the power of LinkedIn’s extensive job search platform. “Project Sangam will allow users to register using their Aadhaar identity ensuring life-long access to the platform. It can strengthen the skilling eco-system in India and has the potential to benefit millions of new skill seekers in the country,” Microsoft said in a release.

Finally, Microsoft mentioned that Kaizala is available on all leading mobile platforms. Kaizala offers seamless convergence of an instant messenger and a productivity enhancer for those always on the move. Kaizala has been successfully tested by the Government of Andhra Pradesh at a 12-day mega event involving 20 million people. The Government of Andhra Pradesh now plans to replicate it across many departments to implement real-time governance across the state. 'Digital India' will empower people: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella TNN | Updated: Sep 27, 2015, 03.00PM IST Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Digital India programme will help provide solution to the challenge of digital divide. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Digital India programme will help provide solution to the challenge of digital divide. SILICON VALLEY: Endorsing PM Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Digital India' programme, Microsoft CEO said it will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide. "Digital India will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide," said Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO last year, at a dinner interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Let's empower people from Nanyuki to Srikakulam," Indian-American Nadella said as he detailed out how digital technology can empower people across the world as he talks about Skype for students between schools to exchange ideas. Speaking at a Digital India dinner in San Jose, he said that next week Microsoft will announce cloud computing data centers in India. The dinner was attended by who's who of Silicon Valley's corporate world. READ ALSO: Top American IT CEOs endorse 'Digital India' Along with Nadella, and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, others seated on the dais were John Chambers, CEO of Cisco and next Chairman of US India Business Council (USIBC) and Google CEO Sunder Pichai. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Silicon Valley in more than three decades.

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He recited a famous couplet by Mirza Ghalib, asked youngsters to be bold and ambitious, and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about Digital India initiative.

However, the main reason global tech giant Microsoft’s India-born chief executive officer (CEO) Satya Nadella came to the national Capital on Monday was to push linking of Aadhaar to Microsoft’s video-calling platform Skype, according to sources in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.


Nadella met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in separate meetings.

“If Microsoft wants to come out with a new model of Aadhaar-based digital identity, we are okay with. It, however, has to be according to the rules of the land and should benefit every section of the society. A nod has already been given for a pilot project and based on that, we will decide if Skype could be linked to Aadhaar,” said a senior official with the IT ministry.

In February this year, Microsoft said it was working with the Indian government to link Skype with the Aadhaar database. Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft Corporation, had said the company would merge the two services and see if Skype’s video calling facility would be used as a way to authenticate various services of the government.

Smith had termed the government’s unique identity programme a great initiative and that the company would stand by the system.

“We have been pursuing work, initially on a pilot basis, to use this specific technology and integrate it with Skype. We see Skype evolving in a way that will enable someone at home to authenticate themselves using that ID system with a fingerprint or iris scan and then communicate with someone on the other end, maybe even a government agency, which will know that the person is the same as he or she is claiming to be,” Smith had said then.

According to Microsoft, this will enable people to testify in government-related matters and that they would not have to travel long distances as they would be able to do so in front of a computer.

According to market experts, Microsoft wants to increase the usage of Skype as it wants to increase the revenues.

“More users mean more advertisements and more ways in future to monetise the service. Aadhaar linking is one of the ways to increase eyeballs,” said an expert on condition of anonymity.

Nadella, who is in India for a day, also said that developers and entrepreneurs from India are playing a key role in driving innovation - both in the country and outside - and that the company wants to be the platform for creators here.

Nadella is not the only global technology CEO who is courting India for business. The chief executives of Apple (Tim Cook) and Google (India-born Sundar Pichai) have made trips to India in the past six months, seeking market access as well as to announce plans to set up development centres in the country.

All the three executives have courted Modi, who has launched the Digital India campaign that aims to increase the use of digital services for governance.

“It’s so inspiring for me to come here to see this broad spectrum of student developers, entrepreneurs, artists and even some big brands, e-commerce companies who are all changing the landscape of India and thereby, the world,” Nadella said, while delivering keynote address at Microsoft’s ‘Tech For Good, Ideas for India’ event.

He added that it was a ‘privilege’ to be “a platform underneath this Indian success”. “Our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. It's not about celebrating our technologies. It’s about celebrating technologies that you all in India create. In fact, I want us to be the platform creators that foster ingenuity of what is happening in India,” he said. This is Nadella’s third visit to the country since he took over as Microsoft CEO in February 2014. In December 2015, he was in Mumbai and had also visited the T-Hub in Hyderabad.

Talking about the changing landscape of technology, Nadella said the “idea of conversations as a platform” was a transformative change in computing.

“When you change the way you see the world, you change the world you see,” Nadella added. Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, who was also present at the event, said technology is a platform of growth for India.

“If you innovate in India for India, you are going to be able to innovate for the world, India can, then, become the entrepreneurial engine for the next six billion people on the planet just like the US is the entrepreneurial engine for the top one billion people. That’s the opportunity we have, and that is India's economic future,” Sinha said.

Nadella is also expected to attend a session with some key industry executives at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

MACROMAN AT MICROSOFT

ON INDIAN CREATIVITY POWERING THE WORLD

“Our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. It’s not about celebrating our technologies. It’s about celebrating technologies that you in India create. I want us to be the platform creators that foster ingenuity of what is happening in India”

ON ENCOURAGING DEVELOPERS TO BUILD UPON THE MICROSOFT BOTS PLATFORM

“What if all you did was spoke or texted to get work done? That’s the world I think you can create. In fact, you will build bots that have this fundamental understanding of human language”

ON PASSION FOR POETRY, COMPUTER SCIENCE

“Whenever I read (Ghalib’s) hazaron khwahishen aisi ki har khwaish I interpret it differently. There is so much to it... It also tells us that it is not just your dreams that need to be fulfilled. It's also your ability to dream that is worth dying for Arisal to be the first digital village in India: Maha CM Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis today said Arisal village, which is the 'most malnourished' hamlet in Maharashtra, would soon become the first digital village in the country and the state plans to have 50 digital hamlets by the end of next year.

Addressing Microsoft's 'Future Unleashed: Accelerating India' expo here this morning, Fadnavis said, "With help from Microsoft, the first digital village is coming up at Arisal, which is the capital of malnutrition in the country."

He went on to add, "Creating one village will not suffice, have told Satya (Nadella of Microsoft) that we need to create 50 such villages by 2016." Microsoft bats for White-Fi to help digital India US software major Microsoft Corporation says its newly-developed White-Fi technology can provide free WiFi connectivity to a large section of the Indian population, thus, giving a boost to the Prime Minister's Digital India initiative.

White-Fi or television White-Space technology works like WiFi on a bigger scale. "TV White-Space technology puts the unused spectrum in the TV channels to a good effect," Prashant Shukla, national technology officer at Microsoft India, told ET. "This ..


He further said, "Creating smart cities is creating efficiency. Unless our cities become efficient, we will be exploiting nature. We can also create smart villages."

He was addressing the largest ever consumer expo by the Redmond-based technology major Microsoft on the occasion of 25th anniversary of its operations in the country, in a dialogue with Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik.

"Arisal is also called the capital of malnutrition but with an ICT-based smart project, we can change this. We are looking to integrate ICT into healthcare, education, energy and other areas," the Chief Minister said.

"We want to empower people and we will look for support from Microsoft to enable digitisation of processes," he added.

To a question from Pramanik about future plans of easing rules to do business in the state, Fadnavis said he wants to make the state the most preferred location for investments.

"We are trying to remove more rules. Earlier, as many as 76 permissions were needed to set up a new business, and it would take a maximum of three years to get them. But now we've brought down the number of permissions to just 37," Fadnavis said, adding his government is trying to bring them further down to 25 in three months. Centre To Work With Microsoft, Others On Digitisation: Prasad Speaking at a first of its kind Microsoft technology conference, telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that India is standing at the edge of digital revolution and the government is ready to work with Microsoft and other information and communication technology (ICT) firms with an aim to take India to the next level in digital revolution. He further spoke on various digital initiatives undertaken by the government including the electronic development fund. Microsoft picks Melghat village Harisal under Digital India plan Amravati: Harisal, a tribal hamlet in Melghat, is all set to become the first digital village in India in the next 100 days. On the assurance given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis during the latter's US tour, the software giant has chosen Harisal for developing it as the first ideal digital village in India. This is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India concept under which smart cities and smart villages will be developed. Microsoft India head Prashant Shukla, accompanied by district collector Kiran Gitte, account technology strategist Balchandran Nair, CMO IT chief Kaustubh Dhawase, CEO Landge and heads of various departments visited the village on Monday and inspected gram panchayat, Bank of Maharshtra branch, junior college, fair price shop and talked to sarpanch, deputy sarpanch and villagers. With Microsoft providing all technological assistance in developing the tribal hamlet, a 14-member committee with BDO as nodal officer has been set up. Gitte said Microsoft will offer skill development training to village youth. He said agro-based processing units and self-help groups will be established while soil testing, dairy development, vegetable production will be undertaken. He said that display boards concerning sale of forest produce, weather information, cropping pattern and crop management will be put up. Gitte informed that online registration of all children at the anganwadi will be done while record of their weight and improvement will be maintained. All bank customers will be provided with ATM-cum-debit cards and mobile banking services will be increased. ATM facility will be provided at different locations while solar lamps will be installed through banks' CSR budget. On the lines of soil card, health cards will also be issued while telemedicine facility will be opened at Harisal and Semadoh to bring down malnutrition and provide good health facilities. Gitte said that Microsoft will take care of computer literacy of anganwadi sevikas and teachers. Online gramsabha and teleconferencing will be the next stage. School students will be imparted education in hardware, software and mobile technology. Gitte said that the problem of electricity in Melghat will be resolved by using optical fibre. Airtel, Idea and Vodafone will be setting up their towers to provide Internet services. Shukla said that Harisal will be the first ideal digital village in India. He urged the villagers to show team spirit and said the project will prove how technology can change lives. Dhawase said that Harisal project has great significance for the state as it will link the village with rest of the world, enabling it to take its art beyond the country. "We are going to set up a new world through this concept," he said. Microsoft launches commercial cloud services from local datacenters in India Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure services via local datacenter regions in India. Microsoft has opened three new regions – Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai. The company said that this move is aimed at India’s digital transformation.

“The Microsoft cloud in India will transform the way computing is done in the country. The hyper-scale cloud will empower governments, businesses and users and offer enough computing power that will support all their existing workloads. We are happy to partner with Government and businesses to make the Microsoft cloud work for India and for Indians,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India.

In addition to the Microsoft Azure services launching today, Office 365 services are slated for availability in October 2015, with Dynamics CRM Online services to follow in the first half of 2016.

Millions of users in India are already using Microsoft cloud services leading to the cloud business growing by more than 100 percent year on year over the past two years. With the local cloud services, regulated industries such as BFSI, government departments and state-owned enterprises will now be able to leverage public cloud services and be able to take advantage of local data residency. In addition, businesses that deal with large amounts of data e.g. media companies, will benefit from data replication in multiple regions within India for backup and recovery, reduced network distance, lower latency, and the option of a private connection to the cloud.

Microsoft local cloud services are well-suited for governments and businesses that already have significant investments in owned IT infrastructure. They will now be able to extend their existing IT infrastructure and private clouds to Microsoft local (public) cloud, thereby creating compelling hybrid cloud scenarios and reducing their cost of IT operations significantly, the company said in a statement. The impact on citizens is expected to be all the more significant as it will accelerate e-governance and roll-out of citizen services at unprecedented scale and speed by governments, thereby accelerating the governments’ Digital India and Smart Cities programs, it added.

With the assurance of local data residency, programs like digital lockers and digital identity should be able to move quickly and enable better citizen services. In addition, Startups and SMBs will gain a competitive advantage with enterprise-grade technology to help them innovate and grow their business to a global scale. Education Sector will witness transformational digital learning, Microsoft Edu-Cloud is expected to benefit 10 lakh teachers and 60 lakh students across 1500 institutes over the next 18 months from local Microsoft Cloud, the company claims.

Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion in building a resilient cloud infrastructure and cloud services that deliver higher availability and security, while lowering overall costs. Microsoft cloud infrastructure currently includes more than 100 datacenters located in over 40 countries, and the company is continuing to rapidly build capacity to serve customers worldwide.

“Enterprise-grade performance, flexibility and hybrid capability, openness and trustworthiness are differentiating factors of the Microsoft cloud. In addition, comprehensive higher-level business services enable new business possibilities for customers,” said Tyler Bryson, General Manager, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft India.

Microsoft also brings cloud services such as Machine Leaning (ML), Advanced Analytics, Media Services, Internet of Things (IoT), Express Route and more. This will help businesses to extend existing investments to digital business scenarios, create new efficiencies and new revenue sources and enable innovation. Microsoft bats for White-Fi to help digital India Why Microsoft Is Enthusiastic About Make In India, Digital India, Other Government Initiatives Microsoft is keen to work for the government initiatives, be it Make in India, Digital India or the Skill India campaign. The company believes that the Indian government has done a tremendous job to make things happen under the initiatives and the country can see the change in terms of digitisation in just one year. The company has claimed to provide the required technology allowing the firms to communicate and collaborate across the world.NEW YORK: Microsoft recognises India as a "growth opportunity", a senior company executive has said as he voiced enthusiasm over the potential of combining the firm's technological tools with the country's ambitious campaigns like 'Make in India' and 'Digital India'.

"What is really exciting is the initiatives going on with the government" and technology plays a very critical role in all, whether it is Make in India, Digital India or the Skill India campaign, General Manager - SMS&P (Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners) at Microsoft India, Meetul Patel told PTI on the sidelines of the Microsoft Worldwide Conference that concluded last week in Orlando.

"The government has done a tremendous job in building excitement around India. The programmes are easy and simple to understand," he said in an interview.

"From Make in India, Digital India to the (focus on) smart cities, it is pretty evident that things are happening and it makes it easy for us as business people to talk to others in the rest of the world and say here is a story and there is a resonance that already exists in their minds about what is going on and it helps a lot," he added.

Patel voiced optimism and enthusiasm over the possibility of a technological "explosion" in India as technology converges with the political environment.

"Microsoft's technology combined with India's passion and desire to enter the 21st century and our partners' ecosystem readiness, you put all of this together and we are looking at a new era in terms of technology adoption in the country," Patel said. He said while it has been only a year for many of the government's ambitious programmes to come in, "we can feel and see the momentum beginning to happen."

He noted that while manufacturing is the focus of the Make in India initiative, quality and collaboration will be necessary to fit into the global supply chain and Microsoft tools like Office and Skype provide that very capability.

"In order to plug into a global supply chain, productivity, quality and collaboration Microsoft tests 'super Wi-Fi' tech in AP village Aimed at providing more access, more connectivity, the 'White Spaces' project aims to achieve the objective of last mile connectivity in remote villages Software major Microsoft on Monday successfully tested its maiden pilot under the company's global 'White Spaces' project at a remote school in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh .

Aimed at providing more access, more connectivity, the project aims to achieve the objective of last mile connectivity in remote villages and it shares the objectives of the Union government's 'Digital India' initiative. Microsoft began work on the project in India this year, according to company sources. The Television White Space is often referred to as super Wi-Fi.


At the forefront of testing the Television White Space pilot in India, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella yesterday greeted the students of that school from a location in Kenya.

In a 26-second video grab, Nadella greeted a group of six girl students and a female teacher in Telugu saying, "Andariki namaskaram. meetho maatladadam naaku chaala santhoshamugaa undhi. Mee andharu baaga chadhivi payiki vastaarani naa aasha." (My greetings to all. I'm happy talking to you. I wish that all will study well and come up in life).

The TV White Space uses unutilised national resources for connectivity, and provides opportunities of wide coverage and cheap licence-free access. These are typically the vacant frequencies within the spectrum allotted to television broadcasting, having characteristics that make it highly desirable for wireless communications.

In Bhutan, Microsoft has partnered with Terabit, Bhutan Telecom and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to connect a remote health unit in the country to a well-connected hospital. Set up in February 2014, the TV White Space link connects the villagers to quality healthcare and ensures instant treatment in a cost effective way.

In Kenya, Microsoft Research has deployed solar-based cloud stations together with TV white spaces to deliver high-speed Internet access to areas currently lacking even basic electricity.

Microsoft hopes to implement similar pilots in east and southern Africa in future to explore the commercial feasibility of white space technologies, it said on its website. Microsoft to start three data centres in India oftware major Microsoft today said it will commission three "hyper-scale" data centres in India before the end of this year.

"Microsoft has already started a private preview of these data centres with over 100 existing customers on board across different segments such as banking and financial institutions, government, manufacturing and start-ups," Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told PTI in Mumbai on Wednesday.

"They will be allowed to test it out over a three-month period. We will formally launch the services by the end of the calendar year," Pramanik added.

Microsoft will be targeting sensitive sectors including government sectors and financial services through these services.

"If the government has to address 1.2 billion citizens then it needs hyper-scale data centres at an affordable cost, with technology and flexibility," Pramanik said.

The tech giant has set up a number of initiatives around e-governance, education, last-mile access, the start-up ecosystems, smart cities and will continue to drive them going forward, he said, adding "having our own data centres will make it more real".

On the much-anticipated Windows 10 launch by next month- end, Pramanik said, "If you think about the coming year, for us it is going to be about the cloud, and it is going to be about Windows10."

He said Microsoft India's cloud business is growing at over 105 per cent annually and with the establishment of the local data centres he expects to change the market.

"In a sense, we will be the market maker and get the Indian clients to move more to the cloud at a faster pace," Pramanik said.

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Microsoft CEO sets Digital India cloud goal Satya Nadella has plugged into the Digital India vision by setting sights on the cloud computing segment in the Indian market.

The Microsoft CEO says the company's goal is to increase its cloud business from $6.3 billion to $20 billion by 2018.

Addressing the ‘2015 Microsoft Financial Analyst Briefing’ in San Francisco, he highlighted India as among the key markets for this vision.

Nadella said: "It was hard selling softwares. But now with cloud, we have real opportunity in India. That definitely is the transformative thing. And of course by design, it has anti-piracy built into it, which also is very helpful."

The world's largest software company is one of the leaders in cloud, essentially providing computing power and storage to customers through its network of data centres.

He added: "That's the cloud that we want to build. It's leading with some of our SaaS applications and having the IaaS, PaaS capability and our servers, which are the edge of our cloud. That's our vision. That's why we believe that we get to participate in future growth.

"Qualitatively, the way I describe the world that we live in and what it will be in the next five years is this mobile-first, cloud-first world."

Cloud computing is an Internet-based module where different services, such as servers, storage and applications, are delivered to an organisation's computers and devices through the Internet.

With the Narendra Modi led government’s ambitious Digital India initiative aimed at hiking the country’s internet connectivity levels, all major providers are keen to grab a slice of the massive cloud potential in India. [7]

Notes

  1. ^ UPDATE: Microsoft India: Good Early Response To Windows 7 - WSJ.com
  2. ^ "Company Profile for Microsoft Corp (MSFT)". Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft Development Centers | Microsoft India Office Location". Microsoft India en-in. 
  4. ^ Microsoft plans to provide free internet access across India
  5. ^ Verma, Prachi (28 January 2016). "Microsoft India doubles maternity leave to 6 months.". Economic Times. 
  6. ^ "Software Leader in India | Technology Service Provider | Software Company". www.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  7. ^ Microsoft Showcase: Microsoft India Development Center

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