Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dreams of a world where India and every person on the planet is empowered by AI

At a developer event in Bengaluru, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared his ambitions to make Copilot and other Microsoft AI tools available to everyone in India and the world, enabling them to do more and achieve more.

by Vikash Kumawat
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dreams of a world where every person in India and the planet are empowered byAt 10:17 am on Thursday, Microsoft Chairman & CEO Satya Nadella addressed a cheering crowd of developers in Bengaluru at the Microsoft AI Tour event. Nadella opened the keynote by talking about the age-old desire to “create computers that understand us, instead of us understanding them. A computer that can hold conversations.” And if we look around for a minute, we are currently living that “age-old desire”. The focus of the event was primarily on developers, of course, but also on Microsoft Azure, GitHub and Copilot. The event was all about how the company’s cloud and gen AI services are helping developers. In fact, Nadella gave it a more profound twist and shared his ambition to be able to “empower every person in India and the planet to achieve more” with the help of Microsoft services.

“The idea is to use Copilot to help us do more,” Nadella said. Puneet Chandok, who is the president of Microsoft India and South Asia, did the same. He started his address with a beautiful AI-generated image of Bengaluru, which he created using Copilot. Then, Karan MV, Senior Manager, GitHub India, demonstrated how GitHub Copilot can now help developers code, write sign up pages. And for users in India, developers can ask it coding questions in Hindi, typed in the Devanagari script, or even in local Indian languages like Telugu.

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Microsoft also shared examples of how NGOs and startups are using Copilot’s generative AI tools to empower Indians in the rural parts of the country. One such example was of the Sikshana Foundation that is using Microsoft Copilot to create Shiksha AI, which is aimed at empowering teachers in government schools and NGOs in creating teaching plans within minutes which would otherwise be a time consuming process.

Another example shared was from Sarvam AI which uses voice LLM in Hindi to help bring ChatGPT features to users who are not smartphone friendly. It’s basically like taking the voice feature on ChatGPT and making it available more widely and in local Indian languages.

Karya AI is another example where women in Maharashtra are able to use voice-powered chatbots to ease everyday financial tasks like opening a bank account, taking loans and making payments.

Apart from new startups, Microsoft also shared that more established brands like Air India, Paytm, Blinkit Swiggy, Nykaa, Ola and Meesho are among the early adopters of Copilot in India.

This is true. As Satya Nadella said in the keynote, it seems as if “the era of co-pilots has passed.”

Nadella also shared some interesting figures and future projections with regards to developers in India. He shared that India is the second biggest community in the world creating the most generative AI project on GitHub. Additionally, India will have the largest developer community on Github in 2027. In line with his ambition of making Microsoft’s AI services available to every Indian, Nadella also announced that Microsoft Azure will soon be available in more regions in India, and that the company is constantly working towards building the “best AI infrastructure” in the country.

Nadella also briefly talked about AI for science and “learning the language of nature.” The Microsoft CEO talked about his ambition to use generic AI in the field of biology and eventually make the tool available to all users, like any other Copilot tool available right now.

Nadella concluded the keynote speech with a dream of making available “not just information at your fingertips, but expertise at your fingertips” with Microsoft Copilot.

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