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Microsoft Announces Commercial Cloud Services

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Microsoft Announces Commercial Cloud Services from Local Datacenters by End 2015

To deliver benefits from data sovereignty, lower latency and geo redundancy with local infrastructure

New Delhi, India – 30th September, 2014 – In his first visit to India as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella today announced that Microsoft will offer commercial cloud services – Azure and Office 365, from local datacenters by the end of 2015. This is expected to accelerate public and hybrid cloud adoption significantly in India. Organizations in the country will benefit from data sovereignty, lower latency and geo redundancy with the availability of local infrastructure.

“Microsoft is deeply committed to helping people and organizations thrive in our mobile-first and cloud-first world – that’s why we are proud to offer our commercial cloud services through datacenters in India,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “With more than 250 million Indians using Internet-connected devices today, there is incredible demand and opportunity for India with Microsoft’s cloud services.”

“By offering our cloud services through local datacenters, we can help make Digital India a reality,”said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. “This opens new possibilities in e-governance, financial inclusion, healthcare and education, and will help us positively impact the lives of a billionpeople.”

Microsoft’s cloud services in India have grown over 100 percent in revenue in the past year, and the commitment to offer locally hosted Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will further accelerate this. Microsoft’s locally available cloud services will open opportunities for banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) companies, state-owned enterprises and government departments to adopt the public cloud. The services offered via the local datacenters will create new avenues for Microsoft India’s 10,000+ partner ecosystem, comprised of hosters, independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (SIs) and others.

“I think in India, at the end of the day, what is going to drive the country forward is the ingenuity of the people of India and how technology can be an enabler”, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

Driving Business Growth

Several key customers such as Bajaj Finance, Fortis Hospitals and FCB/ULKA are already benefiting from their adoption of Microsoft’s cloud technologies.

“Microsoft is uniquely positioned to address the growing IT requirements of the finance industry for both productivity and platform solutions. We, at Bajaj Finance Ltd, have experienced the quality of Microsoft Cloud services first hand and are quite happy about them. The breadth of Microsoft Cloud solutions – from on premise private cloud to public and hybrid clouds – makes a comprehensive offering for financial services customers”, said Rakesh Bhatt, COO, Bajaj Finance Limited.

With the services delivered through Microsoft’s local datacenters, India’s rapidly growing small and medium businesses can benefit significantly from adopting public or hybrid cloud offerings. To enable these and other businesses to benefit from its cloud offerings, Microsoft has announced a new Cloud Accelerator Program to support customers at different stages of adoption. More details are available at

Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Microsoft will continue to empower local start-ups by providing Azure credits worth $60,000 through the BizSpark+ initiative. With over 4,800 start-ups enrolled into the BizSpark program in India, Microsoft has already invested over $10 million in providing Indian entrepreneurs with access to Azure.

“ZingHR has tremendously benefited from its new found ability to harness the power of the MicrosoftAzure cloud for its Indian SMB and Enterprise customers by offering scalability and guaranteed availability to even the most demanding requirements. We will now be able to help large number of existing and new BFSI customers who have always wanted ZingHR on Indian soil due to regulatory reasons”, said Prasad Rajappan, CEO, Zing HR.

New Opportunities for Partners

Over the last few years, Microsoft India has continued to enable its partners with cloud capabilities in order to better address the market. Several Microsoft partners, including System Integrators (SIs) like HCL Infosystems, TCS and Wipro, and ISVs such as MartJack, Newgen Software Technologies Limited and Nucleus Software, have built cloud offerings with Microsoft Azure and Office 365. Over the last year, the number of Microsoft’s cloud solution partners has increased by more than 200% and the number of ISV applications has grown by 100%.

“Datacenter market in India is seeing huge growth powered by increased digitization and use of mobility for both business and leisure. We have partnered with Microsoft to help businesses adopt cloud as a part of their IT strategy and realize benefits of cloud. It has been a very successful initiative. At the same time, there are sections of industry concerned about data sovereignty and cost of connectivity. Microsoft’s plans to launch commercial cloud services from India would address those customers, specifically in the BFSI sector and government entities. We are looking forward to extending our partnership with Microsoft in this area as well,” said TK Kurien, CEO, Wipro Limited.

“With launch of commercial cloud services from India, Microsoft has reiterated its commitment and focus on this market. Indian enterprises and government are seeing increased IT adoption and cloud is helping these organizations rationalize investments, improve agility and reduce time to market. TCS and Microsoft are uniquely positioned to jointly address the cloud adoption requirements of Indian businesses, educational institutions and government,” said N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services.

“From our understanding of this ecosystem, we can say that the establishment of an India based datacenter will help address the customers’ expectations regarding data residency, security and regulatory compliance. HCL has had a long standing relationship with Microsoft spanning decades and we look forward to a continued fruitful relationship in the future”, said Harsh Chitale, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, HCL Infosystems Limited.

Notes to the editor:

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft is in India for a two-day tour to highlight India’s importance for Microsoft and underscore how technology is a key enabler to help people and businesses thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. During the visit, he is meeting Microsoft employees, partners and customers, Government dignitaries, and addressing over 35,000 students, developers and IT professional. For more details about Nadella’s India visit please refer to and follow #AccelerateIndia to join the conversation on Twitter.

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 6,000 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 is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

Key points of Microsoft Windows 10

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Microsoft  bring out it’s  next version of Windows: Windows 10 in SAN FRANCISCO .The new Windows 10 may come for nominal fee of $20 or for free as Apple do with its OS X upgrades  . However, nothing is official yet.

This is called as its iconic computer operating system. “It represents the first step in a whole new generation of Windows” Terry Myerson.

Have a look at some key points and features

1. It’s corporate users will find Windows 10 “familiar, compatible and productive,”-  Myerson said.

2. The Start menu and task bar are front and center.

3. Have features from windows 7 and 8.

4.  “When you see the product in its fullness, I think you will agree with us that it is a more appropriate name,” Myerson said on windows 9 skip.

5. “We are planning to share more than we ever have before. … Windows 10 will be our most collaborative, open OS project ever.”

6. It expects to launch Windows 10 “later in 2015.”

Mumbai to go Beyond Boundaries with INK2014

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The INK Conference celebrates its 5th year of bringing together innovative minds, amazing speakers and young change-makers from around the world for impactful action


Live HD streaming of the INK Conference at INK Live 2014 for students and young professionals at American School Of Bombay campus


MUMBAI, 30th September, 2014: The 5th edition of the INK Conference will be held at The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai and aims to provide a platform to a stellar group of achievers from diverse disciplines and geographies.  This year, the Conference goes ‘Beyond Boundaries’ and is inspired by the human capacity to defy labels, limitations and status quo to launch rockets to Mars, take on global challenges, and imagine a new future. With this year’s theme, INK2014 is looking to collectively gather inspirational thoughts, stories and perspectives of those who truly think beyond boundaries.

Spanning three days from October 31st to November 2nd, the conference will witness the participation of more than 50 speakers from various fields who will deliver their thought-provoking talks over 10 sessions, each uniquely named to represent path breaking ideation.


The Conference will also be streamed live and uncut to an audience of over 400people at the American School Of Bombay campus. INK Live 2014 will consist of collaborative workshops, direct interactions with select speakers from the Conference, engaging discussions and other fun filled learning activities with peers.


Commenting on hosting the INK Conference in the city of Mumbai, Lakshmi Pratury, Founder, Host and Curator of INK, said “INK conference is about building a community of like minded thinkers and doers who go on a journey of human imagination turned into global impact.  We are thrilled that the city of Mumbai with its multi talented humanity and the Grand Hyatt, which blends its superb hospitality with world class art collection are playing host to the 400 + global audience who would be gathering at INK”


The INK Conference is being co-hosted by eminent personalities including Daniel Kraft– Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist; David Rowan – the erudite editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine; Jordan Brandt – Futurist at Autodesk; Neeraj Arora – the “business guy” at Whatsapp; Neil Mehta – listed in Fortune “30 under 30” finance deal makers; Shantanu Moitra – National Award winning Music Director, Composer and Vani Kola – one of the most successful Venture Capitalists in India.

Some of the renowned speakers spanning across a wide variety of disciplines and geographical regions include “Anupama Chopra  – a dynamic journalist and Bollywood chronicler; Henry Kaiser  – Musician; Kunal Bahl – Founder of Snapdeal; Neil Jacobstein –an authority on Robotics and Artificial intelligence and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – Oscar winning film maker”

The speakers also include members of this year’s INK Fellows Program which identifies young change-makers around the world such as Arunima Sinha – world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest; Anjney Midha – youngest partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Aurelie Chauleur– world music producer; Dhairya Dand & Daniel Leithinger – MIT Media Lab and INK Fellows; Neeraj Kakkar – Co-founder, Hector Beverages; Shipra Jain – CMO at Bluestone and Shravani Hagargi – Social entrepreneur from Hubli.

“We are thrilled to gather a great group of speakers and fellows whose accomplishments create a large economic as well as human impact added Lakshmi.


Pradeep Nair, Managing Director, India and SAARC, Autodesk, commented on the partnership with INK2014 stating, “Autodesk is proud to once again partner with the INK Conference.  Bringing together influencers and innovators from around the world, INK is a stimulating platform that helps turn ideas into actions that solve problems and shape our world. At INK 2014, Autodesk Technology Futurist Jordan Brandt will co-host the session “Back To the Future”, exploring the future of how the world will be designed and made. Participants will also enjoy the Autodesk Experience Zone, where they can interact with the latest technologies in manufacturing, architecture, engineering and entertainment.”


About INK

The unique stories that inspire and create today’s leading thinkers take center stage at INK. Just as ink serves as an essential medium to express thoughts, INK is committed to being an innovative platform that fosters disruptive thinking for a new future by spreading inspiring stories and innovative ideas – gathered from the most unexpected sources, which cause people to reexamine their world, goals and ambitions.


About INK Conference

This year, the INK Conference, which is the annual celebration of Thinkers and Doers from all walks of life, will be held in Mumbai between October 31st and November 2nd. Here, change-makers from diverse fields share their stories, ideas and perspectives. This is the forum where life changing connections and intense conversations occur and the experience has often been compared to a ‘Brain spa’ with thrilling ideas, thought provoking sessions, and breathtaking performances.

The Conference converts speakers’ talks into the familiar 3-18 minute format for online viewing at , free of cost.

To check out the complete schedule and the list of speakers along with their brief profiles visit


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