BENGALURU, India — In a speech delivered to over a thousand Indian computer-code developers, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasized the importance of using the company’s artificial-intelligence (AI) tools that are now being incorporated into its products.

Speaking in Bengaluru, India’s “Silicon Valley,” Nadella highlighted the fact that there are over 13.2 million Indian developers currently active on GitHub – an internet hosting service for software development – which places India second only to the United States in terms of developer count. However, based on current trends, India is expected to surpass the US and become the leader in this regard by 2027 or 2028.

Nadella pointed out that Microsoft Corp. anticipates AI integration to contribute 10% or $500 billion towards India’s GDP target for 2025. Although he did not provide further details, he expressed confidence in the potential of AI to drive substantial economic growth.

As part of its commitment to the country, Microsoft is constructing its fourth data center near Hyderabad, where Nadella spent his formative years. This additional facility will join existing data centers in Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai. Prior to returning to the United States, Nadella plans to visit Hyderabad.

“Our investments in India begin with establishing the necessary infrastructure,” Nadella affirmed.

Microsoft’s Partnership with OpenAI

Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI has given it a competitive advantage in the field of generative AI. Despite facing competition from rivals such as Google, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remains confident in the strength of his company’s offerings.

Nadella recently celebrated his 10th year as Microsoft CEO. Under his leadership, the company has reached a remarkable market value of $3 trillion, surpassing even long-standing rival Apple.

With its headquarters in Hyderabad, Microsoft’s India subsidiary operates 11 offices throughout the country, employing approximately 18,000 individuals. The company has introduced several initiatives aimed at the Indian market and talent pool. One notable program is a month-long AI training for 100,000 developers, demonstrating Microsoft’s commitment to promoting technological advancements in India. Additionally, Microsoft announced plans to provide AI skills training for 2 million Indians by 2025 during an event held in Mumbai.

Microsoft’s Focus on the Indian Market

India has emerged as a vital market for technology giant Microsoft. The significance of this market was highlighted when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his visit to the U.S. in June last year. Among the key topics that were discussed during this meeting, Artificial Intelligence (AI) emerged as a prominent subject.

Microsoft’s attention towards the Indian market reflects the country’s growing importance in the technology sector.

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