Microsoft has also made an equity investment in the HR tech unicorn to expedite the latter’s mission of enabling organisations to synchronise their employee lifecycle


Microsoft invests in Indian HR technology platform Darwinbox. (Credit: Ank Kumar/Wikimedia Commons)

Darwinbox, an India-based enterprise human resources (HR) technology platform, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to jointly work on technology innovations that will help elevate employee experience.

As part of the collaboration, Microsoft has committed resources for product and research and development to the Indian firm. These include deep product integrations across various Microsoft product lines such as MS Teams, Office 365, Microsoft Viva, Dynamics 365, and others.

According to Darwinbox, the product innovations and integrations will not only boost efficiency and agility, but also uplift the employee experience.

Microsoft has also made an undisclosed equity investment in the HR tech unicorn to expedite the latter’s mission of enabling organisations to synchronise their employee lifecycle.

Microsoft India president Anant Maheshwari said: “Across the country, organisations big and small are making possible new ways of doing business and we are pleased to work closely with leaders like Darwinbox, who are completely reimagining the frontiers of employee experience with the power of technology.

“Our collaboration with Darwinbox builds on our focus of co-innovating with our customers to empower organizations across India to do more with less.”

Through the partnership, Darwinbox will adopt Microsoft Azure to upgrade its human capital management (HCM) software as a service (SaaS) platform.

By bringing HR transactions and experiences into the flow of work with Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 platforms, Darwinbox’s mobile-first platform is said to improve and personalise employee experience.

The HR technology company said that it has utilised Microsoft’s Power BI to enhance its artificial intelligence (AI)-based predictive analytics engine further and to develop visual analytics dashboards. This is anticipated to support employees across customer organisations to use data more efficiently and drive faster business decisions.

The product and engineering partnerships between the companies are expected to boost innovation in the areas of payroll management, benefits, workforce management, talent management, and acquisition.

Darwinbox co-founder Jayant Paleti said: “We’ve always had the highest regard for the Microsoft brand and ethos.

“As we align on the joint vision of helping our customers unlock new levels of employee experience and productivity, we’re excited to co-innovate on multiple lines of IP development and take these solutions to our customers globally.”