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Microsoft takes ‘Project Sangam’ to Middle East and Africa

"Project Sangam" was commenced from Andhra Pradesh

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Hackers bleeding large Indian firms by $10 mn on average each year: Microsoft. (Wikimedia commons)

In a bid to bridge the widening skill gap, Microsoft on Monday announced expansion of the capabilities of its Cloud-powered “Project Sangam” to the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in India by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year, “Project Sangam” is a Cloud-hosted platform that leverages Azure services and professional networking platform LinkedIn to support new entrants to the job market, enabling key stakeholders across the skilling ecosystem find the right talent.

Microsoft to pay $250,000 to help them catch chip bugs. Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft’s Sangam is a cloud-based platform. Wikimedia Commons

“Lack of skilled resources is one of the key issues that governments across the world are facing. There is an enormous scope for technology to come in to address the skill gap that exists in the workforce today,” Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said in a statement.

Nadella launched “Project Sangam” to help the Indian government not only train but also assist people get jobs via LinkedIn that was acquired by the company for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal in 2016. “Project Sangam” was commenced from Andhra Pradesh.

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“‘Sangam’ is the first project that wields the combined strength of LinkedIn and Microsoft to tackle the challenge of how to provide every person the opportunity to skill themselves,” added Bhansali who is also Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited. As part of the expansion, Microsoft South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) have launched “Thint’iMillion”, an online mass learning system.

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The project was first launched in Andhra Pradesh. VOA

Part of the “Tshepo 1Million Digital Mass” learning programme, the “Thint’iMillion” programme will be deployed on “Project Sangam”, allowing young people to access content via an on-phone app (Android only), tablet mode (Windows and Android) as well as an interactive web portal. IANS

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India Has The Most Number of Spotify Users in 18-24 Years Age Group (Tech Report)

It completes one year of operations in the country on Thursday and since its debut, Spotify has been streamed in nearly 2,300 cities in India

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It completes one year of operations in the country on Thursday and since its debut, Spotify has been streamed in nearly 2,300 cities in India. Wikimedia Commons

India has the highest number of Spotify users in the 18-24 age group among all global markets, the Swedish music streaming giant announced on Thursday.

It completes one year of operations in the country on Thursday and since its debut, Spotify has been streamed in nearly 2,300 cities in India.

“Currently, there are over 6,400 Indian artists on ‘Spotify For Artists’, of which almost 5,000 were added in the past one year. Spotify has now more than doubled its music library of local, curated playlists in India; from 120 at the time of launch, to 350+ today,” the company said in a statement.

Interestingly, while GenZ and millennials drive the most streams on popular music genres — film music, international pop, and Punjabi non-film music, it’s the 35-44 year old users who listen the most to local, vs. international music.

‘Senorita’ by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is the most streamed track across the country for the 55 and above age group.

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India has the highest number of Spotify users in the 18-24 age group among all global markets, the Swedish music streaming giant announced. Wikimedia Commons

With the top genres ranging across pop, filmi music, hip-hop, sufi and Indian folk, what unites Indian listeners is still their love for “love” as a genre for music.

When it comes to music preference, India’s “mushiest” states include West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar, and Sikkim, where “Bollywood Mush” features in the top three playlists.

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The only western state is Gujarat, where users listen to sentimental love songs. (IANS)