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Hyderabad: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today said that the tech giant would like to work with T-Hub to develop accelerators and startups.

He said this during his visit to T-Hub, billed as India’s largest technology incubator.

“Indian talent in the area is dramatically growing and we can see their dominance in the field,” he said while addressing budding entrepreneurs.

On a visit to Hyderabad, Nadella visited the facility located at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad.

Nadella said Microsoft’s goal and dream are to empower local entrepreneurs to solve last mile connectivity.

He said that his energy comes from the interaction with entrepreneurs across the world.

“There are three points to success. concept, capability, culture. Learn more from day one… chase after your concept or idea. Improve your capability to chase the idea… Curate the culture,” he told the entrepreneurs in an inspirational talk.

To a query, he said the importance of failure lies in learning from it.

Telangana’s Information and Technology minister KT Rama Rao took him around the T-Hub and explained about various initiatives of the government.

Earlier, Nadella met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. (IANS), (upload.wikimedia.org)

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Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform

Microsoft buys student video discussion platform Flipgrid

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Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform
Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform. Pixabay

As part of its attempt to win over students and educators, Microsoft has acquired video discussion platform Flipgrid which is used by more than 20 million teachers and students across the world.

“Thrilled to welcome @Flipgrid to Microsoft!” Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, tweeted on Monday.

“To bring the power of video-based social learning to everyone, we’ll be making Flipgrid free for all educators and offering prorated refunds to everyone who has purchased a subscription from Flipgrid in the last year,” said Eran Megiddo, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Education.

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Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

Flipgrid was created with the aim of helping educators recast the role of video in the classroom, from a passive experience to a tool that empowers and amplifies every student’s voice.

“Fans of Flipgrid can rest assured the Flipgrid they know and love, in joining Microsoft, will continue to grow and thrive across the Microsoft, Google and partner ecosystems, all the while retaining its distinct brand, culture and team,” Megiddo added.

Also Read: Microsoft’s Android Launcher Now Lets You Track Your Kid’s Location and App Usage

For Microsoft, which is facing increased competition in the classroom from both Apple and Google in recent years, the acquisition of Flipgrid is the latest in its effort to appeal to students and teachers, The Verge reported.

Microsoft has been improving its Office 365 for education offerings, and also overhauling its web versions of Office to be more modern and faster to use for collaboration, the report added. (IANS)

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