The Race To Build An Indian Social Network

Over the past three months, home-grown variants of short-video social networking apps have cruised through some unusual times. Border tensions and #BoycottChina campaigns had already resulted in a steady uptick in their user base. And then came the ban on 59…

Engagement, User Experience Critical For Homegrown Apps To Succeed

The ban on 59 apps with Chinese links has opened up opportunities for homegrown players to accelerate growth but they will have to ensure good user experience and engagement on their platforms to be successful, according to industry analysts.  …

Ban On ‘Made-in-China’ Apps Gives India’s TikTok Rivals A Boost

India's decision to ban 59 'made-in-China' apps is proving a blessing to local software developers, especially alternatives to video-sharing social networking service TikTok, which until the ban had 200 million users in the country.   Some experts, however, see challenges…

Google-Reliance Partnership Heats Up Indian eCommerce Race

TOKYO -- Google's surprise decision announced on July 15 to invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms, the digital business arm of India's biggest family-owned conglomerate Reliance Industries, has so far not been accompanied by any announcement on Google's role in Reliance's…

Reliance Likely To Acquire TikTok In India For $5 billion

India's most valuable company Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is reportedly the latest bidder for the Bytedance-owned TikTok in India. The Mukesh Ambani-led firm had begun talks last month with the Chinese firm to acquire its operations in India. The deal…

Does Acquiring TikTok In India Make Sense For RIL?

Reliance Industries Ltd could gain a deeper connection with consumers by acquiring TikTok in India, but its existing strategic partnership with Facebook — which owns Instagram — could put the deal under the scrutiny of the Competition Commission of India,…

Is Reliance Jio Shaping the Future of Digital India?

India’s struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the deal making spree at Reliance Industries. As the country slows down, Mukesh Ambani’s conglomerate by sales and market capitalization has only seemed to speed up. In fact, some critics point out that Reliance…

What Next For Cash-Rich Jio?

Raising $15 billion through 11 deals over three-months in a normal environment is impressive for any company. But, doing it during a global pandemic when stock markets are fluctuating, confidence in investing is low and the effects of said pandemic…

Reliance-Owned Jio Platforms To Beef Up Its Capabilities With Qualcomm’s Investment

Jio Platforms, the digital arm of India’s largest conglomerate Reliance Industries, which has raised USD 15.7 billion in the last 12 weeks from 11 high-profile investors, has got American chipset maker Qualcomm as its newest backer. According to Sanchit Vir…

Jio Ready With 5G Solution, Ropes In Google For Affordable Smartphone

Mukesh Ambani unveiled his blueprint to build a complete technology ecosystem around Jio Platforms that includes developing India’s first 5G network solutions and affordable 4G smartphones in partnership with global giants such as Facebook, Qualcomm, Intel and Google. "The decision…

Google To Invest Rs 33,737 Crore For 7.73% Stake In Jio Platforms

Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Google and development of in-house 5G solutions, in a bid to win over new customers and create a platform for future growth. "The decision by Google to invest in Jio is a…

For Home Grown 5G, RJio Bets On Free Platform Open RAN

Mukesh Ambani’s plans to build home-grown 5G network solution is based on an open source telecom platform called Open RAN. This network platform, similar to how open source software became a game changer in the 1990s, attempts to build telecom…

In India, It’s Chinese vs Chinese When It Comes To Smartphone Market

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Gadgets In 2016: Reminiscing The Delightful And Looking Forward To Surprises

The cheapest one came for just Rs 251 while another made global headlines for catching fire.Year 2016 has indeed been the year of smartphones -- for right reasons or wrong -- as these powerful-yet-affordable devices pushed India ahead of the…

All Eyes On Microsoft India: Will Anant Help Turn The Page?

It takes one brain to dream of change but many a handful to turn it into a reality. Satya Nadella has done exceptionally well to dream up a new and improved Microsoft and steer the company strategy accordingly. However, the…

About Time Microsoft India Delivers A Yorker

On 1 August 2016, Microsoft announced the joining of Anant Maheshwari as President, Microsoft India from 1 September 2016. Anant will be replacing current Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik who has held this position for over five years. This announcement…

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was…

Will LinkedIn be another failed acquisition for Microsoft?

In its 41 years history, Microsoft has acquired several companies but the biggest success was none other than Hotmail, which was bought from Sabeer Bhatia for $500 million in 1997. However, a repeat of Hotmail is something that Microsoft hasn’t…

What Does Microsoft Stand to Gain From its $26.2 Billion Acquisition of LinkedIn?

Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant's largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site? Sanchit Vir Gogia,…

Why Microsoft Acquired LinkedIn? It’s All About User Insights!

On June 13, 2016 Microsoft announced the agreement to acquire LinkedIn for USD 26.2 billion. Important to note that this is the first big deal under Satya Nadella’s leadership and LinkedIn will continue to operate as an independent company. Albeit…

Users will get to organise their information better

The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft will help the duo assist client companies, and even individuals in the personal lives, to organise information and orchestrate their functions better. The deal is expected to give an impetus to Microsoft’s Customer Relationship…

Microsoft To Acquire LinkedIn For $26.2 Bn

Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in a deal that will combine the world’s biggest software maker with the largest global online network of professionals. Greyhound Research Chief Analyst and CEO Sanchit Gogia said that the…

Microsoft Looking For New Source Of Revenue

By acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft is looking at further strengthening its business from corporates in India and social networking play, an area in which it lags behind Facebook. Analysts feel that Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes as one of the three segments…

Is Microsoft truly changing under Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp, is landing in the country on Monday at a time when his company is “streamlining” its troubled global smartphone hardware business even as the growth of India’s smartphone business is accelerating. Sanchit…

Mobility Cloud to define the future of Computing

Building new types of computers, constructing an intelligent cloud and helping companies increase productivity are the three “interlocking ambitions” he wants Microsoft Corp. to pursue “boldly”, CEO Satya Nadella said in a conversation on Thursday. “Satya did great justice to…

Microsoft to focus on reviving falling India mobile market share

Microsoft Corp. created quite a stir earlier this year when its employees showed up in orange trucks in 400 small Indian cities and posed a challenged for people using basic, low-end smartphones: to compare their phones with the company’s recently…

Enterprise Mobility – Value Lies In Data, Not Device

About The Author: Sanchit Vir Gogia is the Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research, an independent IT & Telecom Research & Advisory firm. He also serves as Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group that operates under four brands –…

In India, Microsoft Starts Global Rebranding Of Mobile Outlets

Redmond, US-based Microsoft Corp., which acquired Finnish firm Nokia Oyj’s mobile handset business for $7.2 billion last year, has started a global rebranding of its retail outlets, starting with India, which hosts nearly half of all such outlets. The rebranding…

In India, Microsoft Starts Global Rebranding of Mobile Outlets

Redmond, US-based Microsoft Corp., which acquired Finnish firm Nokia Oyj’s mobile handset business for $7.2 billion last year, has started a global rebranding of its retail outlets, starting with India, which hosts nearly half of all such outlets. The rebranding…