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Photo: Anoop Gupta, Microsoft Corporation

Biography, Dr. Anoop Gupta

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group, Education Product Group, Technology Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

As corporate vice president, Anoop Gupta's responsibilities span three related areas: Technology Policy and Strategy; Unlimited Potential Group; and Education Products & Solutions. Gupta works with Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie on a broad range of policy and strategy issues, including identifying gaps in Microsoft's strategic portfolio and developing incubations to address these as appropriate, and proactively anticipating areas where regulation or policy may impact Microsoft's ability to bring innovations to market.

As head of the Unlimited Potential Group, Gupta leads the company's efforts to create new business models and technologies to help close the digital divide and help bring social and economic opportunity to the estimated five billion people not yet realizing the benefits of technology. In Education Products & Solutions, he is responsible for leading Microsoft's education efforts across the company and bringing to market education solutions in both developed and emerging markets.

Before assuming his current post in February 2007, Gupta served for four years as corporate vice president of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group. Before leading the Unified Communications Group, Gupta was technology assistant to Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman. Before joining Microsoft in 1997, Gupta was a professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University for 11 years.

Gupta has published more than 100 papers in major conferences and journals, including several that have won awards. He has contributed to more than 50 patents. Before joining Stanford in 1987, Gupta was on the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1986. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he graduated receiving the President's Gold Medal in 1980.