Flipkart, Microsoft announce strategic cloud partnership

"By combining our public cloud platform and AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities with Flipkart's services and data assets, we will enable the e-tailor to accelerate its digital transformation and deliver new customer experiences", said Nadella.

Flipkart claims to be India's e-commerce leader.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met with Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today. Microsoft said its cloud platform Azure will add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart's existing data centres.

He said building on India Stack, the transaction analytics, the very idea of a presence where a payments infrastructure getting built on top of Aadhar by using the cloud, the diagnostic applications that are getting built, world class AI.

IT giant Microsoft on Monday announced a strategic partnership with India's leading e-tailer Flipkart in which, as a first step, the online retailer will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform.

According to a Korean news agency, Alfred Koh, CEO, Microsoft Korea reportedly said that Microsoft aims to double revenues from cloud computing services by sometime next year and increase partner companies by 30 percent to establish a No. 1 market status.

Microsoft and Flipkart have announced a strategic partnership to provide Indian consumers with a better online shopping service.

The partnership has come at a time when Flipkart firm Flipkart is looking to raise a fresh round of funding but has faced a valuation markdown by one of its mutual fund investors. "In particular, we have appreciated their initiative for digital inclusion in villages, such as the Harisal pilot project in Maharashtra where they brought in technology and connectivity for digital health and education", Mr Prasad said and added that such measures could be replicated for the Centre's DigiGaon initiative. The companies are also using the company's bot framework to create chat bots and products and services powered by artificial intelligence.

On Feb. 20, the India-born Nadella was on his maiden visit to the city as Microsoft CEO. Talks about how Microsoft Azure will be used by Flipkart. However, Microsoft and Flipkart reportedly refused to comment.

"We are constantly thinking about how to take e-commerce to another 500 million people", said Binny Bansal.

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