Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off a three-day visit to India in the nation’s startup hub, Bengaluru, by speaking on a number of topics close to his heart, meeting the startup community and announcing a critical partnership with Flipkart.
“First one is cloud and AI, and they kind of go together,” said Satya Nadella. The fact that you have the power of the Internet and infrastructure to read large amounts of data is what powers artificial intelligence. And India is well on its way to rolling out technologies and services powered through the cloud and magic of AI, according to Satya Nadella.
The second thing that’s exciting, according to Nadella, is the power of Cortana, which is like the third runtime when it comes to humans’ interaction with computers is concerned. Natural language processing and the ability to converse with a computer, phone, gadget or service — powered through Microsoft Azure Cloud — is the ultimate promise of Cortana. And it’s also being rolled out around several products and partnerships (Microsoft & Tata Motors, for instance).
And thirdly, just like Tim Cook spoke about this last week, Satya Nadella also believes that Augmented Reality holds a revolutionary potential in its applications through breakthrough technology — like the Microsoft HoloLens. He spoke about just how excited he was the very first time he tried on the Microsoft HoloLens, trying to go through a virtual anatomy class, something that blew his mind away in terms of the limitless potential of AR and VR technology.
Three years after being appointed as Microsoft CEO in February 2014, Satya Nadella — who’s an alumnus of Manipal Institute of Technology batch of 1988 — also had discussions on digital transformation in India, the need for intelligent cloud, and other topics to ensure speedy digitization of the nation. In terms of startups, Satya Nadella said there was a lot of potential for entrepreneurs to achieve great things by solving unique problems in India through the power of technology, reaffirming Microsoft’s commitment to building the relevant tools and technology platform that enables and empowers others to build great technologies on top of them.
Microsoft & Flipkart strategic partnership
Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform, the partnership was announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal at an event in Bangalore.