Microsoft launches Skype Lite Android app for India and other emerging marketsBy Susan Cole Feb 22, 2017
Today we echo a breaking news, and is that Microsoft CEO has just announced the arrival of Skype Lite, a version of Skype for Android specifically developed for countries with slow Internet connections.
Among the new offerings are a lighter version of its Skype video and voice calling app to cater to the mass of Indians who own mid-range and low-end smartphones, and a skilling-cum-job search/hiring platform for low-skilled people in India. "Skype Lite is also available in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu", the software giant says without providing any hints on a possible launch of Skype in other markets.
What's more, Microsoft has also added Aadhaar integration, which will make it easier for identification, especially when taking interviews during a video call.
Skype Lite is another example of how India Stack is driving the company's innovation agenda, Nadella said in Mumbai. Google has rolled out a range of services, including public Wi-Fi projects, offline support for a range of popular apps, and localization tweaks for its Allo and Duo messaging services.
Skype Lite app has been designed for Indian mobile users. The app Lite will be available in seven Indian languages. He talked about LinkedIn Lite, which was announced previous year, and then talked about Project Sangam, which would help people find blue collar jobs, and help teach people the basic skill required for these jobs.
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Despite all that, if Microsoft wants to push this app, they need to improve the app in terms of the existing bugs as mentioned above and stability.
So far we've seen companies like Facebook create "Lite" versions of its app, a move which was well-received since we last heard it was boasting 200 million monthly users.
Skype Lite also integrates the MSN news and the new Bots platform. The Redmond giant has chose to integrate an Aadhar identification feature directly into Skype Lite. Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to an Indian resident based on their biometric and demographic data. It also categorises the internet usage into two sections - the amount of mobile data or Wifi used while using the app. "The service can be extended for government services as well", said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at company's Future Decoded event. The project will allow users to register using their Aadhaar identity ensuring life-long access to the platform.
The app can also become the default dialler and messaging application if you wish to use it on your Android smartphone.
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