Mumbai, Nov. 18 (NNN) : India is 'relatively under-computerised' with only 4 million personal computers, as against China where the penetration of PCs stood at around 18 million, but is making giant strides on the software front, especially with "innovations reigning everywhere," Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steven A Ballmer has said.
"Software is where magic happens and India is magic in software," Ballmer added.
"Talent is a natural resource and the country should guard it zealously," he said.
Software, which is the key for economic development of a country, would also play a role in eradicating poverty, Ballmer said, adding that India's poverty was mainly due to supply chain management issues which could be eliminated by putting in proper software in place. The country produces more food than is required, he quoted a friend as saying, but this does not always reach the needy.
A number of studies have pointed out that the telephone is one of the biggest innovations for creating wealth in the country, he said. The telephone provides access to information, like the prices of commodities and farm products, enabling farmers to sell their produce at 'competitive rates,' Ballmer said, adding, these lines (telephones) also provide access to Internet, enabling access of information on land use and rights and other activities around the globe, he said.
Regarding Microsoft, he said that the company was planning to recruit hundreds of software engineers in India in the next 12 months. At present, the company has employed around 500 employees in India, and the increase would help in raising culture and workmanship in this country.