Bill Gates due to visit India

Bill Gates due to visit India

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is coming back to India. He is scheduled to visit India from December 6 to 9 on what would be his fourth visit to this nation. On this latest trip, he is due to meet key government officials in addition to key business leaders, academicians, industry associations, and policy makers.

He is also expected to visit a Confederation of Indian Industry hosted CEO Forum in New Delhi on December 7, 2005 and a Developers Forum in Bangalore on December 9, 2005. Gates is also scheduled to deliver the closing address at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum on December 7, 2005.

He would also be attending the launch of his company’s integrated computing platform – SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 in Bangalore on December 9. During his trip to the IT city of Bangalore, Gates would be addressing developers and IT professionals in an event being held at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore. This event is named ‘Bill Gates LIVE in Bangalore — Ready 2005.’

Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India spoke about Microsoft’s commitment to India: “India is not just the fastest growing subsidiary for Microsoft, but is also one of the few subsidiaries where Microsoft has an end to end presence of its entire business portfolio. Research, product development, application development, services delivery and technical support, it’s all here and contributing significantly in the global growth. India is very high on Microsoft’s priorities.”

He added: “Equally important to us is our effort towards enabling India’s growth as an economic superpower and we have made tremendous efforts in the past few years towards this. Our programmes of Project Shiksha, Project Bhasha, Project Jyoti and the unique customized solutions for the Indian market are all geared towards creating a digitally inclusive society. Gates visit will focus further on Realising India’s Potential.”

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