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Thursday, Nov 14, 2002
`India earning a reputation for its quality work'
BANGALORE, Nov. 13
MICROSOFT Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Mr Bill Gates, said that India was on its way to becoming a global hub for mission critical activity in software as "it is increasingly earning a reputation for its quality work and delivery on time."
Sharing his vision with the developer community at Infosys City on his first ever visit to Bangalore, Mr Gates said about two-three years back, if companies had decided to do their mission critical work in India, it would have involved enormous risk. But now it is no longer so, as Indian companies such as Infosys over the last couple of years, have built a worldwide reputation and earned a name for delivering quality work.
Over the next few years, Mr Gates said, "firms in the US and Europe would actually insist that leading companies here be considered for doing all mission critical work.''
Mr Gates commended on the quality of education system in India and said that Microsoft is very much committed to work with India as a partner.
Outlining his vision of a world of XML Web services, Mr Gates reiterated the importance of Indian developer community in defining the future of computing.
"India is considered with so much promise for us in terms of sharing great expertise and in providing partnership capabilities for us whether it is in sevices or back office processes. I am extremely optimistic about the growth that is going to take place here in India in this decade," he said.
Mr Gates lauded the efforts of Indian techies towards development of software applications for its .Net and Web services and shared his views on developing applications for the digital decade.
The event was organised by Nasscom and Microsoft. Sharing the vision of futuristic computing with the assembled 2,500 developers, Mr Gates said, "If micro-processing had brought about a revolution in personal computers, then the advent of Internet in 1995 had brought about a sea change in the way we live, work and do business the world over, with real-time connectivity for instant communication and delivery of goods from anywhere at any time."
Microsoft is investing heavily to develop tools and applications that will make XML Web services not only accessible to every citizen of the world, but also make them affordable for extensive use in every day life, he said. "XML Web services platform will be playing a major role in e-commerce as they eliminate the use of multiple devices by businesses and bring down the cost of operations. Web services management will make corporate computing not only efficient but also cost effective,'' Mr Gates added.
According to him with the e-commerce presupposing advanced interfaces for complex transactions, security aspect assumed greater importance. Some advances in this field has helped the Web-based services secure, he said, adding the importance of features such as handwriting recognition and speech recognition and such apparatus had been overlooked.
But they were one of the many such tools, which will help in secure Web-based services, indicating that further advances were to follow in future.
Referring to the development of Tablet PC, Mr Gates said, "Tablet PC and XML Web services on .Net (editors read dot net) will bring about a revolution in using the converging technologies to such an extent that in the current digital decade, the use of paper and other intermediaries will become minimal.''
Emphasising on the need to embrace standards, Mr Gates urged the industry to collaborate for "Trustworthy Computing," which is now the biggest focus of Microsoft's $5 b a year R&D project. ``Software is magic and working in the software business is the most exciting work to do,'' he said.
In his address, the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr S.M. Krishna, said that his government is partnering with companies in a bid to try and take IT to the rural masses for meaningful existence. Mr Krishna highlighted several of the e-governance initiatives started by the State Government.
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