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Microsoft rolls out smart city initiative in India, partners with e-commerce vendors over cloud technologies

Following the #FutureUnleashed keynote in Mumbai, India, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella charted out agreements with e-commerce companies JustDial, PayTM and Snapdeal. The collaboration will see the companies leveraging Microsoft's cloud technologies to deliver a better customer experience. Also announced was a smart city initiative that sees Microsoft providing Azure access to local startups delivering innovative solutions.

Here are the highlights of the collaboration between the e-commerce companies and Microsoft:

  • 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.
  • Snapdeal will work with Microsoft cloud platforms to create a digital automotive dealership that is expected to change the way customers make automotive buying decisions. Snapdeal and Microsoft will use Skype, Bing and Cortana to provide new engagement platforms for Snapdeal customers.

Microsoft has mentioned that it will work with local startups to deliver solutions aimed at modernizing infrastructure:

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.

More information on the smart city initiative can be found here.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

28 Comments
  • Where is fully geared Cortana for India?
  • wait for another week
  • Coming next week...I think...
  • November 12 refresh update, will bring Cortana to all Windows 10 desktop devices.
  • It's fall update*
  • Progress seems faster when in India.
  • Anything about Band2 coming to India?
  • I doubt it..
  • Indiasoft
  • Appreciate the initiative taken by Microsoft for India...but what about the flagships...Lumia 950 & 950 xl.. Why are they delayed to December launch now.
  • Better late than never.
  • How can something previously not officially announced be delayed?
  • @Richard its pointless to point that out :P Good read though :)
  • Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and the Band 2 were all announced at the same time as the 950/XL.
    ALL of those are now on sale - yet the 950/XL don't even have a confirmed release date.
    If they had no clue about when the phones would be released, they shouldn't have even displayed them.
    Microsoft need to do what Apple do...announce, then release. These delays are a joke.
    (On a side note, I know you essentially owe your livelihoods to what Microsoft do....but you can still criticise them. If it's constructive, it'll make Microsoft better in the long run!)
  • This site criticises MS all the damn time, just because they point out a fact that counters somebody's unfounded whinge doesn't make them any less critical. A release date that was never given cannot be delayed. Yes it can take longer than you'd like, but to start claiming you've some how been lied to or purposely misled is untrue and childish.
  • No, Microsoft is not going to do a separate event a months later just to announce two phones. They had the Devices event, and these phones bélong there. And they're coming out about two months later. People act like they announced them 6 months ago.
    Regarding Apple, what's the timeframe between iPad Pro announcement and release date? Apple Watcha and release date? I thought so
  • So why does Hololens get a pass? Shouldn't Microsoft be crucified for even mentioning it? I know I'm kinda taking up for Microsoft on this, and they don't NEED me to. But it's just my automatic reaction as I sit at my desk this morning reading my "sleep patterns" that my Band 2 recorded and fed to the Health app on my 1520 running W10M, as I browse this website from a glorious Surface Pro 2 running W10Preview build. I'm currently Microsoft-Amazed. I admit it. Not sure what EXACT day I will get my hands on my long awaited succesor to the 1520. But it will be soon. And I have no reason to believe I won't be impressed! November, December.....whatever.
  • Market this well, Microsoft. Paytm and Snapdeal are good e-commerce platforms. If Microsoft can use their front-end to showcase their products, its a win. Can't wait for wallet integration. Hope Freecharge can follow suit as well.
  • Yeah paytm Cortana and wallet integration is awesome.
  • Hey Cortana recharge my phone with 500 ₹
    Cortana: It's Done Sourabh g
  • Oh! Now I get your Username.
  • This is a much needed step for India. Although I wish they introduce their hardware (band2 n SP4) not only in India but in other major countries at par in technologies with USA
  • Lets see when Microsoft,provides its,all services in India.
  • Justdial has a good amount of data with them. The CEO is one of my uncles friend. Partnership with them would help bing market share .
  • Does anyone use just dial now? Was a good thing years back
  • Yeah ppl use it. It has huge variety of info like grocery stores,restaurants,doctors clinic, any damn training institutes ajy damn consultancy office information etc.
  • Already using Cortana without other regions
  • N dats why i love this company