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Microsoft partners Justdial, Paytm, Snapdeal; unveils smart city initiative

  • Technology major
    Microsoft has announced a string of partnerships, programmes and products
    claimed to help Indian organisations and governments to explore uncharted
    business areas, and enrich customer and citizen experiences, reported
    Indo-Asian News Service.
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  • The newly launched
    local Microsoft Cloud and new devices will also catalyse digital

    • Technology major
      Microsoft has announced a string of partnerships, programmes and products
      claimed to help Indian organisations and governments to explore uncharted
      business areas, and enrich customer and citizen experiences, reported
      Indo-Asian News Service.
    •  
    • The newly launched
      local Microsoft Cloud and new devices will also catalyse digital
      transformation, the company said.
    •  
    • Microsoft, based in Redmond, California,
      announced partnerships with three e-commerce players – Justdial, Paytm and
      Snapdeal – and launched a special cloud initiative for start-ups aligned to
      smart cities, at its first of its kind technology conference being held in
      Mumbai.
    •  
    • “At Microsoft,
      we strive to empower every Indian citizen and every business and government
      organization to achieve more,” Satya Nadella, the Indian-born chief
      executive of Microsoft, said.
    •  
    • “With the newly
      launched Microsoft Cloud and with Surface Pro 4, our customers here in India have the
      digital technology they need to seize incredible new growth and opportunity on
      a global scale,” he said.
    •  
    • According to the
      company, Justdial and Microsoft will explore the use of Bing and cloud-based
      analytics to provide and enhance customer experience.
    •  
    • “Paytm and
      Microsoft are working on three core areas of partnership. The companies will
      integrate the Paytm app and Paytm Wallet into Cortana to enable consumers to
      pay for their utility bills and carry out mobile transactions easily. Paytm
      will use Office 365 for their merchants’ inventory and account
      management,” it said in a statement.
    •  
    • “Lastly, Paytm
      will facilitate and support Microsoft service sales via their merchant
      network,” it said.
    •  
    • Justifying the
      partnerships, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “Cloud and mobile
      technologies are already galvanising Indian industry. We will demonstrate that
      technology in the hands of brilliant people can create magic.”
    •  
    • Snapdeal will work
      with Microsoft Cloud platforms to create a digital automotive dealership that
      is expected to change the way customers make automotive buying decisions.
    •  
    • In addition,
      Microsoft also said that start-ups can now apply for individual access up to
      $120,000 worth of Azure computing to help India’s smart cities explore solutions
      and run smart city digital pilots.
    •  
    • “Cities can also
      apply for access to these services and solutions on Azure through a new portal
      which connects start-ups with cities and their needs. This initiative is
      anticipated to impact over 50 smart cities in the next year through a catalogue
      of over 50 start-ups and ISV solutions,” the company added.

     

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