Bill Gates’ July 2009 India visit – In brief.

Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, announced an increase in his foundation’s AIDS prevention commitment in India to $338 million, saying India’s AIDS prevention could be a model for the rest of the world.

Gates is in Delhi to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on behalf of the Gates Foundation.

He said it would be a “big mistake” if the US curbs the entry of skilled workers from abroad, rallying behind the “smart people” from countries like India that has a globally recognised outsourcing industry.

Terming the new unique identity project as a “great initiative”, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that he would like to partner with India in the ambitious project that will give a unique identity number to each of its over 1 billion citizens.

“Microsoft wants to be a part of the unique identification project,” Gates told a conference organised by the IT industry lobby, National Association of Software and Services Companies

He added that he seldom logs out, rarely feels drained and finds social networking sites irritating – he is flooded by “friend requests” everyday on Facebook.

He also inaugurated the 5th year anniversary celebrations of the Microsoft Research Centre.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

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