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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella likely to visit India in February, expected to meet AI start-ups

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is set to embark on his annual visit to India on February 7 and 8, signaling the company’s strong focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its vast potential within the region.

This visit follows key meetings in June 2023 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top tech CEOs, including Nadella, where discussions revolved around the growth prospects and potential of AI.

In an internal communication, Puneet Chandok, President of Microsoft India and South Asia, highlighted that Nadella’s visit underscores Microsoft’s commitment to harnessing technology for expanding opportunities in the country. The email emphasized AI’s transformative role in shaping India’s technology landscape.

Nadella’s agenda includes engagements with key stakeholders in India’s AI landscape, with scheduled meetings in Mumbai and Bangalore with founders of leading AI startups, such as Lightspeed and Peak XV-backed Sarvam and Bhavish Aggarwal’s AI startup Krutrim.

These interactions are expected to explore new avenues and reinforce Microsoft’s dedication to leveraging technology for broader possibilities in India.

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The focus on AI aligns with Microsoft’s strategic moves in 2023, incorporating AI integrations across its Office 365 suite and introducing Copilot, an AI assistant powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology. Additionally, Microsoft strengthened its partnership with OpenAI by integrating Bing search into ChatGPT, positioning itself as a direct competitor to Google.

This visit coincides with organizational changes at OpenAI, with Sam Altman joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. AI adoption is on the rise, and Microsoft anticipates a revenue increase of nearly 15 percent in its fiscal year 2024, outpacing overall growth in the tech sector.

During his US visit in June 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged with technology executives, including Tim Cook of Apple, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Satya Nadella. Nadella’s office released a statement detailing discussions with the Prime Minister, emphasizing the power of AI to improve lives and Microsoft’s commitment to Indian technology’s growth impact on global markets.

A year ago, CEO Nadella conducted a four-day official visit to India, engaging with essential customers, startups, developers, non-profit organizations, and students.