Bill Gates visits Microsoft’s India Development Center in Hyderabad

The development centre is commemorating its 25th year of research, engineering, and development, the company said.


Published Feb 28, 2024 | 3:48 PMUpdatedFeb 28, 2024 | 3:48 PM

Bill Gates visits Microsoft's India Development Center in Hyderabad.

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates visited the tech giant’s India Development Center (IDC) in Hyderabad, the company said.

Gates addressed some of India’s brightest engineering minds at the IDC, Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft IDC, and CVP, Experiences + Devices India said as he shared Gates’ “optimism over the opportunity for an AI-powered India”.

“History comes full circle as philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates paid a visit to the Microsoft India Development Center (IDC)…a centre of innovation he envisioned in 1998,” the company said in a note capturing Gates’ visit on Tuesday, 27 February.

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Commencing 25th year

  • The development centre is commemorating its 25th year of research, engineering, and development, highlighting its significant role in shaping world-class products such as Azure, Windows, Office, Bing, Copilot, and other AI applications, according to the company.
  • Kumar, a representative of the company, expressed satisfaction in witnessing Bill addressing India’s talented engineering minds at the IDC (India Development Center), emphasising the centre’s excitement to drive innovation for Microsoft, particularly in AI, cloud, security, and gaming.
  • Microsoft Chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella, during his recent visit to India, emphasised the country’s unique potential in realising the promise of AI.
  • Nadella praised IDC’s pioneering research and development across various domains, especially in AI applications.
  • Nadella highlighted the remarkable momentum around developers and development in India, outlining his vision for AI transformation in areas like healthcare and education, and emphasizing innovation around the Copilot artificial intelligence assistant.
  • He announced the expansion of the ‘Code without barriers’ initiative to India, aimed at assisting 75,000 women developers by 2024.
  • Nadella expressed his excitement about witnessing new innovative startups in India and predicted that India would surpass the US as the largest developer community on GitHub by 2027.
  • He commended India’s embrace of new platforms and its leadership in new platform shifts, acknowledging the country’s significant human capital.

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