After Google declared full support for the Digital India program, Microsoft is now taking its active participation in the cloud arena.
Microsoft has stepped forward in building cloud centers across India. It is planning to offer its commercial cloud services, Office 365 and Microsoft Azure from the cloud centers that they are planning to set up in the country.
Satya Nadella, the Microsoft’s CEO said on his first visit to India that Microsoft wants to capture the market by allowing its customers to adopt both public and private cloud services. According to him, the market is still at nascent stage.
After Steve Ballmer’s retirement in August last year, Microsoft shifted its focus from software to devices and services. Microsoft claims it had a revenue expansion of more than 100 percent in 2013 in India.
Microsoft is trying to capture the market in India that has a very large number of people connected to the Internet.
Microsoft has the capacity to offer quicker service and data sovereignty. The sectors that will benefit from this initiative will include finance, e-government facilities, banking insurance, healthcare, etc.
The government of India will also play a prominent role in promoting the energy sector so as to Transform India into an IT superpower.
Microsoft’s new Cloud Accelerator Program is to assist new business customers at different stages of adoption. Its partner ecosystem consists of over 10000 entities which will benefit from its local data centers.