Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu Invites Microsoft To Setup Development Center In Anantapur

Microsoft Corporation India is one of the fastest growing subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft’s largest R&D center outside its headquarters in Redmond is in India. Microsoft India has a 54-acre Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) at Hyderabad in 1998.

MSIDC is a part of Microsoft Corporation’s strategy of global shared development where teams across geographies collaborate to build great software and services. Our development teams are aligned to four engineering groups at Microsoft Corporation, namely Application & Services (A&S), Cloud & Enterprise (C&E), Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and Operating Systems (OS). The center was set up at Hyderabad in 1998 as a part of Microsoft Corporation’s strategy of global shared development. It has witnessed phenomenal growth over the last decade, winning several industry accolades.

17 years ago, Chandrababu Naidu, then CM of Andhra Pradesh in which Hyderabad is located made a PowerPoint presentation to convince Bill Gates to open one of Microsoft’s biggest software development centres in Hyderabad. Indian government has now partitioned Andhra Pradesh into two states and now Hyderabad is part of a state called Telengana. Chandrababu Naidu has again become the CM of Andhra Pradesh and he is inviting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to open a similar Microsoft development center in his new state and promising all the help he needs. He has chosen Anantapur to be the main technology centre because of the availability of land and infrastructure as well as its proximity to Bangalore. And Anantpur is also the home town of Staya Nadella.

JA Chowdary, convenor of Industrial Development Forum, a lobby body of industrialists that campaigned for Naidu during the recent election, described Naidu’s pitch to Nadella as a step in the right direction. “Andhra Pradesh badly needs few anchor clients such as Microsoft so that the state can go ahead and lure more players,” he said.

After Microsoft opened its global development centre in Hyderabad in 1998, several multinational technology companies, including Dell, Oracle, Facebook, Google and IBM, have followed suit.

According to people close to Naidu, a meeting with Nadella is being proposed during the latter’s India visit in the next few months. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister will also reach out to Gates.

Read more at ET.

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