Microsoft announces Skype Lite, an app created to run under slow connections

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launched Skype Lite at the Future Decoded event in Mumbai

Nadella met the Indian Prime Minister and IT minister earlier this week so Microsoft's endorsement will certainly bolster the government's plan.

Microsoft offered a small demo of how the app works.

The IT infrastructure referred to include Aadhaar, the united payment interface (UPI) that has enabled apps like Bhim that allow bank transfers in a jiffy, the eKYC (electronic know your customer) that has enabled those like Reliance Jio to enroll customers in 2-3 minutes, and eSign that allows any document to be signed electronically using Aadhaar.

Going further Nadella also talked about Kaizala, a mobile app that Microsoft had launched past year as a productivity app for teams. The company assured that it deletes all the Aadhaar data once the call has been disconnected. It also gives candidates an option to create a LinkedIn profile, if they don't already have one.

"Skype Lite" has data-friendly features such as "tracking data usage" which tells a user about how much data was used.


Skype Lite is an offering for mobile-first and mobile-only markets, and the App allows communication and collaboration over low-bandwidth networks, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. The project aims to connect the skill learning programmes directly with relevant jobs, by leveraging the power of LinkedIn's extensive job search platform. Because of its integration with Microsoft Office, we anticipate more usage among professional users.

The Skype Lite app is programmed to consume least possible data compared to the regular Skype app. The platform, which is still in a private preview stage, is yet to go public. Additionally, Nadella said that LinkedIn now has 39 million users in the country. The app has India-focuses bots that can reply instantly when you ask something in messaging format.

Chief Minister Naidu said that over 62,000 police officers in Andhra Pradesh were connected via Kaizala, which was being used to generate real-time on the ground data, and he added that it worked well on basic Android handsets, even on 2G connections.

The app was tested with consumers in India, and built by the Hyderabad development centre of Microsoft. So this placement product would help any college graduate student from any college, not just those college that already have a reputation of access to big firms, to realise their potential based on who they are as against the college they attend.

Government servicesThe Aadhaar scheme, which is the collection of India's new proprietary identity system, can be accessed via the app.

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