Satya Nadella is impressed with India Stack; also talks about Cortana at Bengaluru event

Satya Nadella has arrived in India for Future Decoded, Microsoft’s flagship technology and business conference which will take place in Mumbai on 21-22 February. But before coming to Mumbai, Microsoft CEO attended an event in Bengaluru where he spoke about India's internet scale, augmented reality and more.


Satya Nadella has arrived in India for Future Decoded, Microsoft’s flagship technology and business conference which will take place in Mumbai on 21-22 February. But before coming to Mumbai, Microsoft CEO attended an event in Bengaluru where he spoke about India's internet scale, augmented reality and more.

Nadella has visited Bengaluru for the first time since he was appointed Microsoft CEO. Nadella said that storage networks are fuelling artificial intelligence revolution. "We are excited about Microsoft Cortana’s AI offering, it has capability to do human-level speech recognition," he said. He also spoke about winning in the cloud first, mobile first world along with Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani.

"I actually think Cortana as a third runtime. Operating system on a device was the first runtime, the second runtime you could say was the browser. The third runtime can actually be the agent. In some sense, the agent knows you, your work context and your world. That is how we are building Cortana. And giving it a natural language understanding," said Nadella.

Nadella also touched upon augmented reality and virtual reality, as according to him it will touch up on everyone from a technician to a student. He said that a first year anatomy class in Cleveland was being taught using HoloLens.

Nadella also complimented Nilekani and the team behind the India Stack. "It is pretty tremendous, how it got started. But now with the speed at which you are able to scale it, it is comparable to any other internet scale ramp up," said Nadella.

At the Future Decoded conference, Nadella will be a keynote speaker on 22 February. He is expected to speak on how digital technology is empowering people and organisations across spheres such as government, banking, hospitals, e-commerce and so on.

Along with Nadella, the other major dignitaries expected at Future Decoded include Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former MI5 director generation Lord Jonathan Evans, Tata Motors CEO Gunter Butschek among others.

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