Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asks India staff to build ‘predictive, personal, helpful’ tools

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella on Monday asked thousands of professionals working in India to chip in to help the software giant emerge as a company that empowers individuals and organisations.

He spent couple of hours at Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC), the global giant’s biggest R&D centre outside its Redmond, US headquarters.

Hyderabad-born Nadella’s maiden visit to the city since he became CEO, spanning 24 hours or so, was kept under wraps by both Microsoft India and government authorities. During the wee hours of September 29, Nadella addressed employees spread across nine cities in India through webcasting.

“Nadella wanted us to lend a hand to Microsoft to build tools that were more predictive, personal and helpful, which in turn would help both individuals and organisations transform to intelligent business processes from automated business processes,” said a senior software professional who attended a meeting at the R&D centre, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He also spoke on Microsoft’s plans to invest heavily in the workforce in areas of data and applied science, software engineering, training, learning and experimentation, apart from plans to incubate new projects and ideas,” he said.

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