Even as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu invited CEOs of IT firms to invest in the residual state at a conference in Visakhapatnam, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella landed in the city on a two-day visit, giving hopes to the two Telugu states.
However, Nadella talked to Naidu over phone as the chief minister was preoccupied with the CEOs conference in Visakhapatnam, some 500 km from here. On Monday, Nadella addressed his staff at the India Development Centre (IDC).
Son of B N Yugandhar, a former IAS officer, and native of Anantapur district in Rayalaseema, Nadella is an alumni of Hyderabad Public School here.
Naidu is pinning hopes that Nadella, who played an important role in establishing the IDC at Gachibowli here, will do his bit by setting up another centre in the new Andhra Pradesh. In fact, several district units of the TDP had erected posters of Naidu and Nadella during 2014 general elections, promising the voters that Microsoft will set up more centers in AP if Naidu is voted to power.
During his first-ever visit to Hyderabad after becoming the CEO of Microsoft, Satya met K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana, and had a closed-door meeting with him on Sunday.
Telangana IT minister K Taraka Rama Rao apprised Nadella of the initiatives taken by the government for the development of IT sector in the state. The Telangana government also sought the help of Microsoft in converting capital area as a smart city.