Microsoft to play a big part in Digital India

At Future Unleashed, its largest ever customer conference in India, Microsoft today announced a slew of partnerships, programs and products that will help Indian organizations and Governments to explore unchartered business areas. Keynoting at Future Unleashed, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation, said, “At Microsoft, we strive to empower every Indian citizen and every business and government organization to achieve more. With the newly launched Microsoft Cloud and with Surface Pro 4, our customers here in India have the digital technology they need to seize incredible new growth and opportunity on a global scale.”

Satya Nadella

Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “Cloud and mobile technologies are already galvanizing Indian industry. We will demonstrate that technology in the hands of brilliant people can create magic. That innovation is as much what you do with technology as the invention of the technology itself.” “We are not only looking at building smart cities but smart villages. Our first such project is the Arinsal village where Microsoft will help us. We are looking to build 50 smart villages by the end of 2016,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis in conversation with Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik “Arinsal 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” Fadnavis added. “We want to empower people and we will look for support from Microsoft to enable digitisation of processes, with everything talking to each other at the back-end.”

To help empower modern Indian cities, Microsoft has launched a new initiative for local start-ups that are focused on delivering innovative solutions for smart cities. Working with start-up accelerators, these start-ups can now apply for individual access up to USD 120,000 (INR 80 lakhs) worth of Azure computing to help India’s smart cities explore solutions and run smart city digital pilots.

Cities can also apply for access to these services and solutions on Azure through a new portal which connects start-ups with cities and their needs. This initiative is anticipated to impact over 50 smart cities in the next year through a catalog of over 50 start-ups and ISV solutions. For more information on this initiative, please visit

To drive innovation in the fast-evolving e-commerce industry, Microsoft has entered into broad-ranging agreements with JustDial, PayTm and Snapdeal. Microsoft will partner these e-commerce leaders in creating new marketplaces, new services and new experiences for their customers. Justdial, Paytm and Snapdeal will use a range of cloud and mobile technologies from Microsoft including advanced cloud services such as machine learning, Bing, Skype and Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, to drive business innovation and customer delight.

Justdial and Microsoft will explore the use of Bing and cloud-based analytics to provide and enhance customer experience. Paytm and Microsoft are working on three core areas of partnership. The companies will integrate the Paytm app and Paytm Wallet into Cortana to enable consumers to pay for their utility bills and carry out mobile transactions easily. Paytm will use Office 365 for their merchants’ inventory and account management. Lastly, Paytm will facilitate and support Microsoft service sales via their merchant network.

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