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35 Innovators Under 35

Sachin Dev Duggal, 28

Moving desktop computer into the cloud

Nivio Technologies, Gurgaon

Sachin Dev Duggal

With the advent of iPad, tablets, and smart phones, the desktop computer has taken a back seat albeit it remains an important component in the world of information technology. Sachin Dev Duggal and his friend Saurabh Pradeep Dhoot found this as an opportunity to deliver a platform that lets users access their desktop computers from any device.

In 2000 they launched Nivio Technologies with the intent of finding a solution to "why must users pay for a software or hardware that will soon become obsolete." They developed a platform that could let users access latest versions of software from their personal computer, delivered over the Internet, as and when they need it, on any device.

Duggal's company has brought Microsoft Windows on the Web. Its CloudPC platform created Windows desktop that worked on iPad, Mac, Linux, as well as on all Android tablets. It enables the users to access their personal computers, data, applications from anywhere, any time, on any device. Nivio has also launched an appstore for desktop applications to be delivered from the cloud which allows users to rent applications such as the complete Microsoft productivity suite. Users can access Nivio through a range of downloadable client applications such as nDrive, nDesktop, nApps, or direct from an HTML5 browser. Nivio also provides 10 gigabytes of synchronized storage in the cloud. The technology means a lot for PC and Windows users worldwide. The company is now tapping the European and U.S. markets.

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