Microsoft India President decodes the 'new normal' amidst COVID-19

Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India, decoded what the 'new normal' means for various stakeholders, and discussed the role technology will play in helping companies navigate it.

15th Jun 2020
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Last week, India's state-owned contact tracing app Aarogya Setu crossed 30 million users on JioPhone, the 4G-enabled feature phone built by Reliance Jio; and Xiaomi forayed into the laptop segment with a brand-new Mi NoteBook.


Then, at the UN, India said that the expedited development of a contact tracing mobile application and Artificial Intelligence-based testing kits enabled the country's efforts to handle the coronavirus pandemic.


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In a conversation with Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) Chairman Sudhir Sethi, Infosys’ Co-founder and former CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan said that despite the coronavirus crisis and its adverse impact on life and business, India will have a “large number” of unicorns. He added that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t really changed prospects for the Indian startup ecosystem, which remain as lucrative as ever.


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Infosys Co-founder and former CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan

Even as the coronavirus cases continue to rise, Indians seem to be slowly distancing themselves from the topic. At least, as far as Google search goes. According to Google Search Trends, search interest for coronavirus in May was half the monthly volume for April.


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On Money Matters with Shradha Sharma, BYJU’S co-founders Byju Raveendran and Divya Gokulnath spoke about the meteoric growth of edtech amidst COVID-19, and shared insights on building a slow, scalable, and profitable decacorn.


Additionally, Tanuj Shori, Co-founder of Square Yards, explained how coronavirus proved to be a “blessing in disguise” for the company.


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Last but not least, Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India, decoded what the 'new normal' means for various stakeholders, and discussed the role technology will play in helping companies navigate it.


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Quote of the day:


"India has a very young and aspirational population. We have reached only three percent of the audience. We can impact millions because tech is a great enabler and it can scale without compromising on quality."


— Byju Raveendran, Co-founder and CEO, BYJU'S



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