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Microsoft’s Venture Fund to Invest in Indian Startups

"We are thrilled to broaden M12's reach to include India," said Nagraj Kashyap, Global head of M12 and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its corporate venture fund M12 will invest in Indian startups with a funding size of $2 million to $10 million.

Rashmi Gopinath, partner at M12, will lead the fund’s investment portfolio in the country.

M12 announced its first India investment in the healthcare SaaS (software-as-a-service) startup called “Innovaccer”.

“M12 offers unique access to strategic go-to-market resources and relationships globally. I hope we will get a great traction in the Indian market,” Gopinath told reporters here.

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As the corporate venture arm for Microsoft, M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures) invests in enterprise software companies in the Series A through C funding stage.

According to reports, venture capital investments in Indian tech business-to-business (B2B) start-ups have been trending upwards, with over $3.09 billion raised in equity funding across 415 deals in 2018 — 28 per cent more than $2.41 billion in 2017.

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“India offers unique competitive advantages by being home to top technical talent in the world in areas like including computer vision, robotics, blockchain and autonomous driving,” said Microsoft.

“We are thrilled to broaden M12’s reach to include India,” said Nagraj Kashyap, Global head of M12 and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft. (IANS)

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Microsoft Comes Together with Kano to Introduce Tablet for Kids to Assemble with Help of Storybook

The PC also comes with an app called “How Computers Work” to give them a primer in the making of the machine

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Software giant Microsoft has come together with London-based tech company Kano to introduce an 11.6-inch touch-enabled tablet designed for kids to assemble with the help of a storybook.

The Kano PC is available for pre-order at $300 and 300 euros on Kano’s website and the Microsoft Store in the US and UK on October 21.

The computer appears to have a keyboard cover similar to those in the Microsoft Surface series and is preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode as well as programmes such as Minecraft: Education Edition, CNET reported on Thursday.

The S mode in Windows 10 is streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience.

A Child Using Tablet. VOA

The kid-friendly PC includes 4GB RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, expandable through a microSD card, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack.

The PC also comes with an app called “How Computers Work” to give them a primer in the making of the machine.

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Kano has a number of kid-friendly computer and coding kits already, which have previously included a Harry Potter-themed coding kit with wand and a computer Running on a Kano operating system (OS). (IANS)