Rajiv Kumar, General Manager, Applications and Services Group (Office), India Development Center
Rajiv Kumar is the General Manager of Applications & Services Group (Office) at the Microsoft India Development Center, Hyderabad. He is a 22 year Microsoft veteran, joining as a Software Development Engineer and growing through the ranks, making impactful contributions to several product groups. Rajiv has contributed to and shipped 25 products and has 8 patent awards to his name.
Apart from making impactful contributions to both client and server products, Rajiv led Microsoft’s successful entry into the Content Management Server space. His foresight, strategy and passion for bigger, better and simpler products catapulted SharePoint into a multi-billion product from the time it was acquired in 2001.
Relocating to India in 2003, after spending 11 years in Redmond, Rajiv set up the Microsoft Office engineering team in Hyderabad which has grown under his able leadership and guidance, and today almost 350 people work on technically deep and strategic areas.
Passionate for people and innovation, Rajiv works relentlessly to provide an immersive and engaging experience to both his team and the users of Microsoft products. Rajiv believes in delivering innovative yet simple products. He firmly believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
A Master’s in Computer Science from University of Texas, Austin and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee , he has keen interest in spiritualty, enjoys playing the tabla and loves traveling with his family!