Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, was on a one-day visit to Mumbai to deliver the keynote address at Microsoft's Future Unleashed event. Preceeding him on stage was Chairman of Microsoft India, Bhaskar Pramanik, who unveiled the first edition of Future Unleashed.
Following him was Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Anand Mahendra with a keynote titled, "Small is the New Big". He spoke about 3D printers and how they will change the industry among other things. After that was Mukund Rajan of Tata Sons. He talked about sustainable organisations and how the approach should be long term and not short term.
Before Nadella took to the podium, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis was on stage with Pramanik. He proudly stated that the Maharashtra government has brought down the number of permissions needed.
"Maharashtra has always been a preferred destination for businesses. But getting 76 permissions takes around 1 to 3 years," Fadnavis said. "We want to bring that down to around 23 permissions. We have brought down hotel permissions from 120 to 25," he added.
Satya Nadella, took to the stage to deliver his address. Here's what he had to say:
1. 'Mobile first, cloud first'. That's the new approach of Microsoft.
2. The new Windows Phone 10 devices - Lumia 950 and 950 XL will be available in India from December onwards. For the first time the Microsoft Surface tablet will be available in India.
3. The new Surface Pro 4 tablet will be available in India from January 2016.
4. Microsoft announced partnerships with e-commerce players - Justdial, Paytm and Snapdeal. Microsoft also wants to work with e-commerce companies that enable small businesses to go global.
5. Microsoft has teamed up with the Maharashtra Government to build 50 smart villages by 2016.
The closing address was given by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in which he talked about Digital India. Prasad quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, "Indian talent along with Information Technology is 'India Tomorrow'". He stated that there are 980 million mobile phone connections in the country.