On the day two of Future Decoded event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered a keynote address and launched a lighter version of the popular calling app Skype and said that it will use the Aadhaar numbers as authentication. This decision by Microsoft comes after Nadella met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed the benefits of technology in several ‘Digital India’ projects. The CEO of one of the biggest tech companies also spoke on Microsoft’s enterprise initiatives in India and stressed on cloud-computing for enterprises. The Skype Lite with Aadhaar is very much an India-centric announcement, and it is evident that the company is investing heavily in the country.
During the event, Nadella showcased the various case scenarios on how Skype could be used and how Aadhaar’s huge database can be used for identity authentication. Nadella had earlier met PM Narendra Modi and Ravi Shankar Prasad when he assured the government of its initiatives in healthcare and education. Nadella also participated in a roundtable at NITI Aayog, tapping into cloud computing for good governance in the country. Nadella and Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal had also announced a partnership between the two companies for ‘cloud’ services, where the latter use the Microsoft Azure as an exclusive service. Nadella, while in India, had participated in a roundtable at NITI Aayog, where he stressed the importance of cloud computing for good governance in the country.
At the Future Decoded event, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were also present. Nadella focusing on the cloud business of Microsoft in India. He added that even the public sector in India is adopting the hybrid cloud infrastructure. Nadella also talked about SMEs which are relying on digital tools to transform their business and larger industries with their digital transformation.