Redmond-based technology giant Microsoft’s Indian-origin chief executive Satya Nadella on Thursday showcased company apps on his personal Microsoft Lumia 950 XL to emphasise productivity enhancement through his company tools and services.
The chief executive, who is on a one-day visit to India to meet chief executives of other companies and key policymakers, while delivering his keynote address at ‘Microsoft’s Future Unleashed’ event in Mumbai being held on the ocassion of the company’s 25th anniversary, praised the energy and enthusiasm of Indians.
He confirmed that the Surface Pro 4 is coming to India by January. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro recently at an event held at its headquarters in the United States.
Nadella will meet industry leaders like Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, Axis Bank head Shikha Sharma, Tata Starbucks CEO Avani Davda, and union Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday.
Nadella will be meeting Prasad to discuss the company’s plan to provide broadband connectivity in villages.
Earlier, speaking at a dinner hosted in San Jose in honour of visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nadella said Microsoft wants to “make things and make things happen”.
“We believe that low-cost broadband connectivity, coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes,” the first Indian-American Microsoft CEO said.
The company had earlier tested the low-cost broadband connectivity using white spaces -- a technology that utilises unused television spectrum to deliver low-cost internet connectivity -- in Andhra Pradesh.
While the normal WiFi has a range of about 100 metres, white spaces (the 200-300 MHz spectrum band available) can reach up to 10km.
Last month, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg visited India and addressed a town hall Q-A session at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.