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Here's how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's India visit unfolded

Here's how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's India visit unfolded

Though the prime objective was to promote his book Hit Refresh, tech giant Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella's India visit has included many interesting announcements as well. 

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Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, who took over the top position at Microsoft as CEO in February 2014, started his recent two-day visit to India from his hometown Hyderabad. The visit was planned with a prime objective of promoting his book `Hit Refresh’, launched in September 2017. 

The book titled `Hit Refresh’– The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone talks about his journey from his childhood to reaching the topmost position of the leading technology company Microsoft. 

Here is the timeline of the events that unfolded during the visit:

November 6, 2017: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's India visit started from Hyderabad, his birth city. The tech giant's CEO, who reached Hyderabad on November 5 in the late hours, visited the company's India Development Centre in Hyderabad on Monday and interacted with the employees. While the interaction with the employees he spoke about his journey in the company, in detail from the scratch to his journey to become the CEO.

He also joined and participated in a discussion with NDTV's Prannoy Roy, where he spoke about his book, which will be soon available in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu too. 

November 7, 2017: The Microsoft chief had an interesting session at the India Today Conclave Next 2017. Nadella delivered the keynote address and announced some interesting announcements like partnering with Ola and said that Microsoft is developing a stack of tools on quantum computing on his latest visit to India.

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Nadella said, "Despite AI, mixed reality and cloud, the real state of our computational problems is such that we still cannot solve some of the hardest problems that we face as a society like producing food enzymes or conductors that ensure no loss of energy etc. These problems inspired us. We have been working with quantum. We are bringing in world-class Mathematician, physicist, and scientist to work on it."

The Bengaluru-based online taxi firm Ola, also inked an interesting partnership with Microsoft. “Today’s car is quickly becoming the ultimate computing device and together with Ola, we are focused on providing more intelligent, connected and productive experiences to our customers,” said Nadella. “The combination of Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and our AI platform with Ola Play will deliver new customer experiences and business opportunities across the automotive ecosystem.” He added.

Talking about the partnership Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder, Ola said, “I believe through this partnership, a technology developed in India can be taken across the globe through Microsoft.”

He also had an interesting session with former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble, where he spoke about his love for cricket and shared other interesting stories related to the book. While chatting, both discussed how the game of cricket changed their lives and taught them the leadership values.

Nadella spoke about the leadership lessons which he learnt on the cricket pitch that he even uses today at his boardroom as CEO which helped him compete vigorously—putting the team first and bringing out the best in every individual. 

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