CEO Satya Nadella met Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, wherein both have discussed the benefits of technology in various ‘Digital India’ projects and Microsoft may soon start utilising Aadhaar as an authentication in its free calling service Skype, as the Centre has now given its go-ahead.
Microsoft has been carrying out pilot projects saying Skype service can be used for identity authentication using the Aadhaar database. The company has also presented various case scenarios on how Skype can be used.
For instance, Skype can be used by people to authenticate themselves for accessing government services that require Aadhaar-based authentication.
India would look at applying the experiences of Microsoft’s pilot project in Harisal in Maharashtra for its newly-announced ‘Digi Gaon’ initiative where they brought in a lot of technology and connectivity for digital health and digital education
This is something the government is considering for replication, given its larger vision of digital village announced in the Budget by the Finance Minister under the Digi Gaon initiative.
However, the issue of H-1B visas did not figure in the meeting with the Microsoft CEO.
Meanwhile, Nadella also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the company’s digital inclusion programme that leverages technology for improving rural healthcare and education.