Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in a speech to more than a thousand Indian computer code developers on Thursday, urged them to use the artificial intelligence tools the company has deployed in their products. Speaking in Bengaluru, India's “Silicon Valley,” Nadella noted that more than 13.2 million Indian developers are currently on GitHub, an Internet hosting service for software development, second only to the number from the United States. First place by 2027 or 2028. He did not explain.
Microsoft is building its fourth data center in India near the city of Hyderabad where Nadella grew up. It already has data centers in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. Nadella will visit Hyderabad before returning to America.
“Our investments here start with the raw infrastructure,” Nadella said.
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Microsoft's partnership with OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT, gives it a head start on the boom in generative AI, but the software giant faces competition from Google and other rivals. In a speech in Mumbai on Wednesday, Nadella boasted that his company is still ahead in most benchmarks.
“We still have the best model today,” he said. “We're waiting for the competition to come. It will come, I'm sure.
Earlier this week, Nadella marked his 10th year as CEO of Microsoft. The company now has a market value of $3 trillion, more than any publicly traded company, including longtime rival Apple Inc.
Headquartered in Hyderabad, the Microsoft India subsidiary has 11 offices across the country, employing around 18,000 employees. The company has announced various initiatives targeting the Indian market and Indian talent, including a month-long AI training program for 100,000 developers and an announcement in Mumbai on Wednesday that the company will provide AI skills training to 2 million Indians by 2025.
India is a key market for Microsoft. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nadella during his visit to the US last June. Microsoft said AI was among the key topics they discussed.
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