Microsoft?s chairman and CEO Bill Gates warned Indian software developers that the computer industry is slowing down but said the Internet will offer them good opportunities in the future.
Speaking on his first visit to the sub-continent, Gates claimed that the Windows graphical user interface had positively helped the industry in the past few years.
?Indian software developers are among the best in the world but for India to really develop a presence in the world IT market, the local IT industry needs better infrastructure, access to the latest technology and protection of intellectural property,? he said.
One of the problems with India is that it is widely recognised as breaching copyright because it still is not a signatory to the worldwide agreement promoted by the US.
Gates said India needed to move to packaged software and lose its focus on developers driven by projects. ?If the Indian software industry is competitive, energetic and enterprising, it can serve as a launchpad for local companies to market packaged applications to the world.?
Microsoft has opened offices in Mumbai (Bombay), New Delhi and Bangalore. India had to develop applications for local markets, invest in R&D and develop intellectual property and it could use the Internet to market globally, Gates added.
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