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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as it happened: Skype Lite app, Project Sangam and more

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered his keynote address at Future Decoded in Mumbai 2017, and here's a look at the top announcements

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 22, 2017 6:30:24 pm
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered the keynote address on day two of Future Decoded, touted as India’s largest digital transformation event. Nadella spoke about Microsoft’s enterprise initiatives in India with a focus on cloud-computing for enterprises and government organisations. The Microsoft CEO also announced a new Skype Lite app for the Indian market; it will be available only on Android for now. Microsoft is investing heavily in the country – it already has three data centres in India.

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Earlier this week, Nadella also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, assuring the government of its initiatives in healthcare and education. Nadella also participated in a round table at NITI Aayog, tapping into cloud computing for good governance in the country. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are also present at the event.

Here are the LIVE Updates from Future Decoded

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11.30 am: Satya Nadella talking about Project 99Dots in India, which has helped transform how doctors are interacting with TB-patients in India.

11:15 am: Nadella is talking about Project Sangam, and how they will scale it in the coming year.

11.10 am: Now Nadella is talking about LinkedIn in India, and how they plan to bring more employment opportunities in India.

11.00 am: Satya Nadella is back on the stage. Nadella is talking about Smart villages in Maharashtra and how Microsoft is contributing to these projects. Microsoft will be spreading this Project of smart villages to 100 more villages. It has already helped with a village called Harisal in Maharashtra, where connectivity changed education, health in the village.

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10.57 am: Skype Lite can be used to identify Aadhaar data

10.55 am: Skype Lite announced exclusively for India

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10.40 am: “In Andhra Pradesh, CM Naidu has taken a bold decision they will be the first cloud state. They will use cloud services to help service citizens of the state,” says Nadella. Andhra Pradesh government will be adopting Microsoft Cloud.

10.38 am: Nadella on how finance sector is also undergoing digital transformation. State Bank of India is also moving to the cloud, will be adopting Office 365.

10.35 am: The Microsoft CEO is now shifting talking about larger industries and their digital transformation. Gives example of automobile industry and how some of these firms are relying on the Microsoft Cloud to change their business. In India, Tata Motors will be joining Microsoft on the Cloud.  “They will build the ability to collect data, rendezvous with the Cloud, reshape the maintenance, warranty and more importantly the experience of the driver,” says Nadella.

10.33 am: Nadella now talking about SMEs which are relying on digital tools to transform their business. “One of the fundamental changes that cloud has brought about is around productivity, collaboration tools, which are now available to all the SMEs as well. You can truly use what the largest of enterprises in the world are using, anywhere in the world,” says Nadella.

10.30 am:  “I had a chance to meet an entrepreneur who is reshaping healthcare. This entrepreneur is using data to reshape diagnostic capabilities. The fact that diabetes can be monitored in a more effective manner can reshape healthcare,” says Nadella.

10.29 am: Nadella focusing on the cloud business of Microsoft in India. Talks about how Microsoft Azure will be used by Flipkart. This was announced yesterday.

10.27 am: “The cloud infrastructure we’ve bought to India has helped in digital transformation in India,” says Nadella. Technology is shaping every business, shaping government sector, and the lives of daily people, adds Microsoft CEO.

10.26 am: “I’m a product of Microsoft technology, and I always keep that in mind,” says Nadella.

10.25 am: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage. “Our mission is to empower everyone person, every organisation on the planet to achieve more. It has a deep sense of meaning for us.”

10.15 am Apollo Hospital’s joint managing director Sangita Reddy on stage talking about how technology is changing healthcare. “Technology is influencing procedures in healthcare drastically,” she points out. “We’re looking at healthcare access differently. The big change is in the way we are looking at healthcare,” she says.

“We’re moving from a sick-care version of healthcare, we are moving to a preventive stage in health care. Hopefully with artificial intelligence and machine learning, we can scale at skill level to ensure better health care for everyone, even those in remote areas,” points out Reddy.

10.00 am: Microsoft President for India Anant Maheshwari on stage: “I keep hearing this is a new Microsoft, one we’ve not seen before. Our mission is to empower everyone, every organisation. It reflects in the way we do things today.”

9.40 am: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are also going to be present at the event. Microsoft will have a live-stream on YouTube for the keynote.

9.30am: We are waiting for the Microsoft event to start. Satya Nadella is expected to make some big announcements at the Future Decoded event. Microsoft has been working closely with government agencies in India as well, and we could hear some news around this.

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