Microsoft pledges support to Digital India initiative

In a video message during the launch of Digital India initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pledged the company's support to help the government in efforts to transform the country through technological innovations.

Satya said that Microsoft is proud to be a part of Digital India launch and he believes that technology can uniquely support the government's initiatives in key areas including: rural internet connectivity, digital cloud services for all its citizens, and communications and productivity services for the Government.

He also highlighted the parallel vision of Microsoft and the Digital India initiative.

"At Microsoft, our focus is on empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Likewise, the Digital India initiative is focused on harnessing the power of technology to help India transform."

The Microsoft CEO also reiterated that the company is bringing its marquee cloud services - Microsoft Azure, Dynamics, and Office 365 - to local data centres in India to accelerate cloud innovation and connect every Indian and every Indian business to the world through the global hyper-scale cloud.

The Digital India initiative, launched in New Delhi earlier today, is aimed at creating a digitally empowered society and the knowledge economy. The vision of Digital India is centred on three key areas - Digital Infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, Governance & services on demand, and Digital Empowerment of citizens.

What are your thoughts on this initiative? Let us know in the comments!

65 Comments
  • Yes, but wen in Indi.. Oh wait...
  • Modi? Meh!
  • The 'other' party wouldn't have even thought about it. I think we should be appreciative of any good initiatives irrespective of our personal allegiances.
  • Totally agreed.
  • I believe it is my Constitutional right to Meh the people I see fit.
  • We should appreciate... Even in his busy schedule of foreign trips, he is doing something... :D
  • Other party never did so many futile foreign trips and promotional ads in the name of campaigns
  • Hisham Thajudheen.. Meh!!
  • Damn. That backfired sooner than I thought.
  • :D
  • LMFAO
  • That's obvious when the CEO is indian himself
  • So.. The fact that India is the 3rd largest country in Asia doesn't count!?
  • Okay. But, wen in India?
  • Enough of the troll already.
  • Troll, roll, LOL!
  • That got old way fast.
  • He graduated from manipal university
  • So did Rajeev Suri.
  • So did many others.
  • Me too!
  • With a current internet user base of 250 Mn users, there is more than a billion unconnected potential users. A phone penetration of over 90%, this market is a prospective goldmine. Of course, MSFT wants to 'support'
  • Good to see that Microsoft will build local Indian data centres for all their major cloud services that is Microsoft Azure, Dynamics, and Office 365. This should improve performance for these services and also help in getting more contracts as the data will be store locally instead of some other country.
  • ofc they want a strong foothold in india
    1.5 billion people in 2050 using microsoft producs and service is impoartant. if you can't win china, you need to win india
     
  • Now shut up and give us Bing Rewards.
  • Yeah
  • yes, plz i want them too
  • Yes please.
  • This
  • Yes... And also a new reward program... I forget the name...
  • What if Microsoft is scared to give us Bing rewards cos they know that we'll squeeze the life out of it!!
  • Without strong network security, net neutrality and data protection and privacy laws in effect, hope it doesn't turn into a data market dictated by telecommunication companies (looking at you Reliance). The twitter handle @opindia_revenge is a fairly good source for news and updates about what's happening.
  • I want free high speed Wi-Fi everywhere.
  • You will get that in Delhi, remember Kejri promised
  • Promises, promises. I'm sick and tired of them.
  • At least use his full name in a non political forum. And BTW the WiFi roll out in colleges n rural areas are happening this year.
  • You want too many things :P
  • A revolution for India. All the best to Narendra Modi.
  • Digital India! Just like Black Money came back in 100 days.
  • He never said black money will come in 100 days you shithead. Get the fact. He said he will take action with in 100 days.
  • Which he did btw
  • And yeah , I too got 15 Lakh rupees in my bank account. Buh..
  • I want to buy surface pro 3 and Xbox 1... 15 laakh na sahi.. Dedh laakh dede... Haha... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Katwe :p
  • Did you hear anything in his rallies or were you only shouting namo namo. Its very clear he said that.
  • +630, don't waste time with idiots
  • Thats the problem with namotards, they will start abusing instead of arguing. Let them complete 5 years and see if they can bring back even a Rupee of Black money or if I see any effect of Digital India in my daily life. I am sure its another way of generating money for Companies which are friend to them. Myself and other Indians don't see any difference in there day to day life its exactly same as the previous Govt..
  • Lol
  • I see dead people.
  • I make people dead ;)
  • What about Google in digitalindia??
  • He is more concerned for India than Microsoft - and now he is going to kill Windows phone even.
  • Yeah right.. Troller of the day ^
  • +1
  • Google is no more
    Microsoft is future
  • If only.....
  • Just by giving fancy names won't be enough to bridge the digital divide. Work with Microsoft in TV white space area Modiji and it can do wonders for us.
  • BSNL has had a 4g license from around 10 years for all circles in india- which no other operator except reliance jio possesses..........if modi is really serious about digital India, he should pump some money into BSNL to roll out 4g in all cities of India. Instead BSNL as usual licking the private operators asssss n modi is continually doing his PR stunts.....even congress did a better job n layer a high speed fiber optic network all over the country..... I'm amazed at the short term memory of my fellow citizens
  • Khangress never do anything good for India
  • Irrelevant posts from this guy focusing india only.
  • So tell me, where you are from? I can give you some good news. Promise !
  • Heartburn? Chill and take some antacid dude 
  • Digital banega India tabhi to badhega India
  • Cloud computing will take time to penetrate into India. Many are still living on dial-up connections with limited-download plans. But a lot of people are beginning to install Wi-Fi routers at home, which is good. Most smartphone users still use 2G, few are opting for 3G (its expensive) and almost everyone I know lives off 1GB/month data plans. You can't afford to upload/download data from the cloud with such data limits. :/
  • Lets hope its not total failure like 'Make in India'. So far factories being shut down by corrupted officials.