When Satya Nadella was named to head Microsoft Corp. on 4 February last year, there were expectations that he would boost its already strong enterprise business and research and development units in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, given his Indian roots and engineering background.A year down the line, Nadella has made Microsoft, primarily known for its proprietary software, more open, and sharpened its focus on cloud and mobility solutions.
“Microsoft’s decision to provide its commercial cloud services—Azure and Office 365—from local data centres in India by end of 2015 will drive public and hybrid cloud adoption. A locally-based data centre will help the company cater to customer’s demands of data residency, regulatory compliance and security issues effectively in the country,” said Sanchit Gogia, chief executive of Greyhound Knowledge Group.
According to Gogia, though, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia Oyj’s devices and services division under Nadella’s leadership has helped it gain a “significant” footprint in the mobile devices segment.
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