Satya Nadella Unleashes Digital India Plans

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 05, 2015


Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella who has come to India to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary in India said on Thursday he wants to play a ’small’ part in empowring India. In his ‘Microsoft Future Unleashed’ program in Mumbai, Nadella focussed on health, education, smart cities and digital infrastructure of the country. 

Speaking at the Microsoft Future Unleashed event, the largest ever customer and partner event in India, the India-born CEO said there will be more computing in our lives in the coming decade. “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.”

Playing a part

The event brought together around 3,000 industry leaders, enterprise heads, developers and entrepreneurs. Nadella explained in his keynote session on how Microsoft has three interlocking ambitions at this point. These include, reinvention of productivity and business process and bringing them together, building an intelligent cloud and more personal computing in different forms.

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra said at the event that the city needs to create smart villages and not just smart cities.  He said that the state government aims to create 50 digital villages by 2016. Harisaal would become the first completely digitized village of Maharashtra. 

As part of the smart cities initiative, Satya Nadella announced a special accelerator project for start-ups that will create a single platform which will help in solving urban problems. This initiative is said to cover 50 smart cities in the next year. 

Nadella also said he was amazed to see how e-commerce is progressing in India. “We want to innovate on form and function, ” he added.

From urban to rural

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in September, Nadella had said Microsoft plans to partner with the government to bring in low-cost broadband connectivity to 500,000 villages in India.

This time, he would meet Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the company’s plan to provide broadband connectivity in villages.  

According to agencies report, the key point of discussion is likely to revolve around Microsoft’s plan to provide low-cost broadband connectivity using the white spaces, a technology that utilises unused television spectrum to deliver low-cost Internet connectivity, sources added.

The coming of Surface Pro4

Nadella said that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be launched in India by January 2016. The successor to the widely successful Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 4, is the 4th-generation of company’s own tablet lineup and was launched last month. It was priced starting $899 (roughly Rs. 59,000).

Nadella also announced that the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL would launched in India next month. He demonstrated the new Windows 10 feature where he connected the smartphone to a keyboard and display, which transforms the smartphone experience into a laptop like interface.

Microsoft hasn’t announced the pricing details for the Surface Pro 4 or the new Lumia smartphones. ”We are reinventing computing with devices like the HoloLens to Microsoft Band and everything in between,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies and Indian Express)