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Anant Maheshwari to head Microsoft India

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Microsoft has appointed Anant Maheshwari as the president of Microsoft India, reports Mint. Maheshwari will start work at the company on 1 September and take over its operations from January 2017 from Bhaskar Pramanik, who plans to retire in March 2017, according to the report. Maheshwari will be responsible for Microsoft India’s product, service and support operations. Microsoft currently has 10,000 employees in India, according to its LinkedIn page.

Maheshwari worked as the president of Honeywell India from January 2014 and looked after Honeywell’s aerospace, automation and control solutions (ACS), and performance materials and technologies. He was with the company for 12 years in various leadership positions. Prior to Honeywell, he worked with McKinsey & Co for 6 years in various industries including telecom, IT and e-commerce, private equity, engineering equipment, automotive, steel and pharmaceuticals.

Recent Microsoft developments:
– Last month, Microsoft has built a new video streaming service for businesses called Stream which will enable organizations and employees to collaborate with video more easily.
– In June, Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in an all cash deal valued $26.2 billion.
– In the same month, Xiaomi signed a deal with Microsoft to preload Office and Skype on Xiaomi devices and acquired 1500 Microsoft patents.
– In May, Microsoft cut 1,850 jobs in the smartphone hardware business  in a bid to streamline the division.
– In the same month, Microsoft updated its content policies to remove content that promotes terrorist violence or recruitment for terrorist groups.

Also read:
Microsoft has launched a wallet and here’s why it won’t work in India
EU Commission & internet cos to take down online hate speech in 24 hours

Image Credit: Michael Kappel under CC BY NC 2.0

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