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Driven by video conferencing platform Teams, more than 200 million students and educators worldwide now rely on Microsoft education products for remote learning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has stressed.
Speaking to analysts during the company’s Q2 2021 earnings call, Nadella said that in AI, the company offers the most comprehensive portfolio of tools, frameworks, and infrastructure.
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“We built Teams that bring together multiple capabilities. It brings together to chat. It brings together meetings, collaboration as well as business process workflow, all into one scaffolding,” Nadella said on Tuesday.
“Whether it’s SAP, ServiceNow, and even Salesforce, all of these applications are getting integrated into Teams very rapidly and so that’s the power of Teams as a platform capability, not just knowledge workers collaborating,” The Microsoft CEO stressed.
He said that the pandemic has shown the importance of empowering the two billion frontline workers around the world with the right technology and Teams is at the forefront.
Microsoft Teams reached more than 115 million daily users by the end of 2020.
Nadella said recently that Microsoft Teams could soon be as significant as the Internet browsers and operating systems.
Last week, enterprise application software provider SAP and Microsoft announced to integrate video conference and collaboration platform Teams with SAPs intelligent suite of solutions.
“The case for digital transformation has never been more urgent,” said Nadella. (IANS)
Microsoft has opened registration for the virtual edition of its ‘Build 2020 developer conference scheduled from May 19-21. Anyone can attend the online-only event for free and developers will no longer have to pay the $2,395 entry fee.
This time, the tech giant is keeping some of its traditional keynote-style openings, with opening remarks from CEO Satya Nadella.
‘Build 2020’ will now be a 48-hour virtual event and sessions, talks and demos will all be held across multiple time zones. There will still be Q&A sessions and interactive parts of the broadcasts, reports The Verge.
“While things will look a little different this year as we all absorb and adjust to new realities brought on COVID-19, we’re excited about Microsoft Build 2020, a 48-hour virtual event starting May 19 at 8 a.m. PT that will kick off with welcome remarks from Satya Nadella,” said Scott Hanselman, Principal Programme Manager, Microsoft.
“This will be followed by a session with and for Developers hosted by me,” Hanselman added.
Microsoft had originally planned to hold the event in Seattle but canceled in-person gatherings in March due to coronavirus pandemic. (IANS)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that although hardware supply chain is coming back to normal, the big worry is people holding up the demand especially in the US and Europe as they battle with the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
Microsoft last month revised its revenue guidelines for its January-March quarter owing to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, saying the supply-chain has been slowed down which will impact its Windows and Surface businesses.
In a statement, the company said although it sees strong Windows demand in line with its expectations, “the supply chain is returning to normal operations at a slower pace than anticipated at the time of our Q2 earnings call”.
According to a CNBC report on Tuesday, Nadella said that “on the supply side we are getting back on rails”, adding that the big question would be whether demand holds up in the US and Europe.
“We have a great balance sheet, we are a very diverse business, we have a mix of annuity, non-annuity, that is also stronger than even the last time we even went into the financial crisis. I feel confident we’ll come out of this, frankly, pretty strong,’ he was quoted as saying.
On January 29, Microsoft issued quarterly revenue guidance for its ‘More Personal Computing’ segment between $10.75 and $11.15 billion, which included a wider than usual range to reflect uncertainty related to the public health situation in China.
“As the conditions evolve, Microsoft will act to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers, and partners during this difficult period,” said the company, adding that it would continue to partner with local and global health authorities to provide additional assistance.
In its second quarter (October-December period), Microsoft reported revenue of $36.9 billion and a profit of $11.6 billion. Surface revenue for the quarter was up 6 per cent (year over year) to $1.9 billion. (IANS)
“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discussed on Data Sovereignty, Digital India”, Says Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Speaking to reporters here after his meeting with Nadella, IT Minister Prasad said that it was a courtesy meeting which went “very good”.
“We talked on issue of data sovereignty which is a work in progress,” he said, adding that Digital India was also discussed among several issues in the IT segment.
Data sovereignty and data localisation have been major subjects of debate with the government having introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill in the Parliament last year.
Although the bill allows the transfer of personal data outside India, while transferring “sensitive” personal data outside the country a copy will have to be kept in the country. Data processing or collecting entities will, however, be barred from transferring “critical” personal data outside the country.
Data sovereignty and localisation have been a matter of concern and major technology companies which are mostly based out of India and store data outside the country.
The minister also told the media that he has offered the Microsoft Corporation CEO to adopt few villages in the country and transform them into digital villages in line with the government’s target of establishing one lakh digital villages.
“We discussed a whole range of issues on IT, particularly i have offered to him… We have to establish one lakh digital villages. He can consider adopting some of these digital villages and mentoring it to become a beacon for others to follow,” he said. (IANS)