Microsoft Triggers Innovation with Cloud and Devices at #FutureUnleashed


Mumbai, Nov. 5, 2015: At Future Unleashed, its largest ever customer conference in India, Microsoft today announced a slew of partnerships, programs and products that will help Indian organizations and Governments to explore unchartered business areas, enrich customer and citizen experiences, and catalyze digital transformation with the newly launched local Microsoft cloud and new devices.

Microsoft announced partnerships with three e-commerce pioneers in India – Justdial, Paytm and Snapdeal, a special cloud initiative for start-ups aligned to smart cities, and availability of its flagship devices – Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in December and January, respectively. Microsoft also showcased the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at the event.

Keynoting at Future Unleashed, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation, said, “At Microsoft, we strive to empower every Indian citizen and every business and government organization to achieve more. With the newly launched Microsoft Cloud and with Surface Pro 4, our customers here in India have the digital technology they need to seize incredible new growth and opportunity on a global scale.”

Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “Cloud and mobile technologies are already galvanizing Indian industry. At Future Unleashed, we will share these stories through our customers, solution partners and ISVs. We will demonstrate that technology in the hands of brilliant people can create magic. That innovation is as much what you do with technology as the invention of the technology itself.”

E-commerce companies innovate with the cloud

To drive innovation in the fast-evolving e-commerce industry, Microsoft has entered into broad-ranging agreements with JustDial, PayTm and Snapdeal. Microsoft will partner these e-commerce leaders in creating new marketplaces, new services and new experiences for their customers. Justdial, Paytm and Snapdeal will use a range of cloud and mobile technologies from Microsoft including advanced cloud services such as machine learning, Bing, Skype and Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, to drive business innovation and customer delight.

Justdial and Microsoft will explore the use of Bing and cloud-based analytics to provide and enhance customer experience.

Paytm and Microsoft are working on three core areas of partnership. The companies will integrate the Paytm app and Paytm Wallet into Cortana to enable consumers to pay for their utility bills and carry out mobile transactions easily. Paytm will use Office 365 for their merchants’ inventory and account management. Lastly, Paytm will facilitate and support Microsoft service sales via their merchant network.

Snapdeal will work with Microsoft cloud platforms to create a digital automotive dealership that is expected to change the way customers make automotive buying decisions. Snapdeal and Microsoft will use Skype, Bing and Cortana to provide new engagement platforms for Snapdeal customers.

Start-ups innovate for modern cities

To help empower modern Indian cities, Microsoft has launched a new initiative for local start-ups that are focused on delivering innovative solutions for smart cities. Working with start-up accelerators, these start-ups can now apply for individual access up to USD 120,000 (INR 80 lakhs) worth of Azure computing to help India’s smart cities explore solutions and run smart city digital pilots. Cities can also apply for access to these services and solutions on Azure through a new portal which connects start-ups with cities and their needs. This initiative is anticipated to impact over 50 smart cities in the next year through a catalog of over 50 start-ups and ISV solutions. For more information on this initiative, please visit

About Future Unleashed

Future Unleashed is Microsoft’s largest customer conference in India which brings together over 3,000 customers, business leaders, IT industry professionals, start-ups and developers in Mumbai. Another 100,000 are expected to attend the event virtually. At the conference, companies from Manufacturing, Automotive, e-commerce, Entertainment, BFSI and Retail sectors will demonstrate the breadth and depth of new technology.                    

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 7,000 employees engaged in sales and marketing, research and development, and customer services and support across ten Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

 Note to editor

  1. Microsoft had launched cloud services from three local datacenters in India in September. More details can be found here:
  2. Surface Pro 4 will be launched in India in early 2016. Powered by Windows 10, Surface Pro 4 turns from a tablet into a fully powered laptop while running all desktop software. Some product details:
  • The 12.3” PixelSense™ display has extremely high contrast and low glare
  • More powerful and lighter than ever before at 1.69lbs (766 grams)
  • Comes with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ m3, i5, and i7 processors
  • Up to 9 hours of video playback
  • Storage options starting at 64GB and rising to 128GB, 256GB and 500GB
  • Surface Pro 4 works perfectly with the full suite of Office products
  • Comes with Surface Pen in the all-new Microsoft Edge browser where users can directly write on webpages and share notes easily
  1. Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL will be available in December 2015. Some product details:

Microsoft Lumia 950

  • 20-megapixel rear PureView camera with triple-LED RGB flash modules and a wide-angle 5-megapixel shooter placed upfront, and a fifth generation OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Biometric authentication capability
  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution
  • Pixel density of 565 ppi
  • Powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (RAM unclear)
  • 32GB storage
  • 3000mAh battery

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

  • 20-megapixel rear PureView camera with triple-LED RGB flash modules and a wide-angle 5-megapixel shooter placed upfront, and a fifth generation OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Biometric authentication capability
  • 5.7-inches IPS display with 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution
  • Pixel density of 518 ppi
  • Powered by 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 3,340mAh battery


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