`India very high on Microsoft priorities' Bill Gates coming next week

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Mr Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India, at a press conference in the Capital on Thursday. - - Kamal Narang
Mr Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India, at a press conference in the Capital on Thursday. - - Kamal Narang

Our Bureau

New Delhi, Dec. 1

MR Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation, will be visiting India for four days starting December 6. This is his fourth visit to India. The itinerary covers meetings with key government officials, business leaders, academicians, industry associations and policymakers.

Mr Gates' public engagements include a CII-hosted CEO Forum in New Delhi on December 7 and a Developers Forum in Bangalore on December 9.

Mr Gates' visit also coincides with the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum, which is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on December 6 and 7.

The Microsoft Government Leaders Forum is a two-day summit themed `Leading in a connected world', which will bring together government leaders across the Asian region to engage in discussions; exchange experiences and best practices related to economic development, governance and education; while examining the role that information and communication technology plays in achieving success in these areas.

Mr Bill Gates is expected to deliver the closing address at the summit on December 7.

Announcing the India-specific plan, Mr Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India, said that Mr Gates' visit would focus further on realising India's potential.

"India is not just the fastest growing subsidiary for Microsoft, but is also one of the few subsidiaries where Microsoft has an end-to-end presence of its entire business portfolio. Research, product development, application development, services delivery and technical support, it's all here and contributing significantly in the global growth."

"India is very high on Microsoft's priorities," Mr Venkatesan said at a press conference.

A number of top honchos from IT and telecom companies have been visiting India in the last few months, indicating the growing importance of the Indian ICT market.

The Intel Chief, Mr Craig Barrett, is also scheduled to be in India on December 5.

This week, India played host to Mr Hector Ruiz, Chairman, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Others who have visited the country in the last few months include the Nokia chief, Mr Jorma Ollila; the Motorola Chairman and CEO, Mr Edward Zanders, the Cisco CEO, Mr John Chambers; and the Ericsson CEO, Mr Carl-Henric Svanberg.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 2, 2005)
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