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Microsoft to help India become AI world leader, says CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted how Copilot, along with the company’s other AI solutions, is driving measurable productivity gains in India.

Edited By: Shubham Verma

Published: Feb 07, 2024, 05:37 PM IST

Microsoft’s chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella on stage at the CEO Connection event in Mumbai.
Microsoft’s chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella on stage at the CEO Connection event in Mumbai.

As India embarks on its Artificial Intelligence (AI) journey, Microsoft will help the country become self-reliant by fostering a skilled AI workforce and empowering every sector and industry to transform with AI, the company’s Chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella, said on Wednesday. During his address, Nadella announced that Microsoft will provide 2 million people in India with AI skilling opportunities by 2025, to help close skills gaps and strengthen India’s ability to thrive in the AI era.

“India is uniquely positioned to make the promise of AI a reality. We are committed to partnering broadly across the public and private sector to help close the nation’s AI skills gap and create new opportunities throughout the country,” Nadella told the gathering. He added that this is the first time India’s doubled-down efforts to implement AI are bridging its gap with the rest of the world.

Nadella highlighted how Microsoft Copilot, along with the company’s other AI solutions, is driving measurable productivity gains for people and organisations by helping them complete work faster and with superior quality. Many organisations in India are already accelerating innovation using Copilot for Microsoft 365 and GitHub Copilot, like Axis Bank, Infosys, HCL Tech, LTIMindtree and others. Citing data from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Nadella said $500 billion of India’s $5 trillion economy will be driven by AI.

Microsoft said that organisations in India are seeing an average of $3.86 return for every US dollar spent on AI projects, and more than 150 organisations are already innovating with Azure OpenAI Service across industries such as agriculture, aviation, e-commerce, and fast-moving consumer goods.

Air India, the flag carrier airline, deployed a generative AI virtual agent called AI.g. It has successfully answered over half a million customer queries since its launch in March 2023 and manages over 6,000 queries a day in four languages. With its fourth data centre region set to go live soon, and data centres in collaboration with Jio, Microsoft boasts more data centre regions than any other cloud provider in the country.

— Written with inputs from IANS

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Author Name | Shubham Verma

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