As we celebrate our 25 years of operations in India, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredibly close relationships we have with you, our partners, in the country. You have made Microsoft technology relevant in hundreds of thousands of scenarios in large enterprises, government departments, education institutions and small enterprises in India. Thank you for your partnership! But today I would like to focus on what is in the future. 

It is a mobile-first, cloud-first world out there. More so in India. Technology can transform India. And you have the power to bring the best and most innovative technology to help in that transformation.  

Microsoft cloud services will be available via local datacenters by the end of calendar year 2015. These services will open up unlimited compute capability for our customers, your customers. Imagine every single Indian using his/her digital identity to avail of every government service in the country. Imagine he/she using the same identity to transact with their bank, their insurance service provider, their e-commerce platform, their child’s school or their university. That is possible with the modern, secure and hyper-scale cloud infrastructure Microsoft offers. We need to work together to make the cloud a reality in India – not only in India, but everywhere in the world. We recently launched the Cloud Acceleration Program for our partners and the Cloud Decision Making framework for customers especially for Governments and banking companies. We want you and your team to imagine the possibilities with the cloud for India. And it is our commitment that we will help you realize those dreams. Together we can make Digital India a reality for every Indian.

The next 25 years are going to be many times more exciting than the past. We are excited about the possibilities with technologies such as Internet of Things, machine learning, big data, analytics and business intelligence. We look forward to giving you a glimpse of the future at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando from July 12-16 this year. Thank you, again, for your partnership!

Bhaskar Pramanik

Chairman, Microsoft India

Connect with Bhaskar @B_Pramanik or via Microsoft Partner Network page on Facebook.