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“Source: Mashable India”
Reliance Jio and Microsoft have agreed to accelerate digital transformation with the launch of new cloud data centres.

The partnership is aimed at bringing enterprise users access to Microsoft’s cloud-based software, named Azure and hardware infrastructure via the JioFiber network.

Paired with JioFiber, these services will be offered for free to budding startups, and at a tenth of the average market price to everyone else, stated Ambani. Small and Medium enterprises would normally pay INR 15,000 – 20,000 for services that Jio is offering from as low as INR 1,500 onwards. Larger businesses can customize a plan to suit their needs.

Companies will also have easy and affordable access to technologies like data analytics, AI, cognitive services, blockchain, IoT and edge computing to help accelerate India’s digital transformation and enable grassroots innovation.

Announcing the partnership, CMD Anil Ambani addressing company shareholders at Reliance’s Annual General Meeting stated that Jio will even invest in startups that attract its attention.

“We will bring Azure Cognitive Services to more create more break through in intelligent experiences with the support of major Indian languages,” Nadella said.

Microsoft’s services are available in 13 Indian languages, with the flexibility to add more.