Microsoft Releases Skype Lite for India

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Magdalena Petrova

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Microsoft on Wednesday launched Skype Lite, an exclusive "Made for India" app to provide seamless experience in messaging, audio and video calling even at lower bandwidths. Microsoft says the "event is designed for leaders and decision makers", and is packed with inspirational keynote speakers, actual growth case studies and real relevant examples that demonstrate how you can make your business more aligned to a complete digital business.

Microsoft also introduced this feature on the Skype app.

Skype is Microsoft's chat, voice call and video chat service available across platforms. Chandra said that the company had tried to make it as simple and convenient as possible to use the app with a unified view that integrates both Skype and SMS text messages.

As mentioned above, Skype Lite is only officially available in India on the Play Store.

There is no doubt that this is most interesting time for Microsoft, so it would not be surprising that the technology giant was encouraged to launch the application in new regions.

Skype Lite is supposed to be fast, reliable as well as lightweight, as it's only 13 MB in size.

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Skype Lite is an Android app for India and other emerging markets. Microsoft stated that Skype Lite was "built in India, for users in India". To verify that the person you are talking to is indeed the person you're supposed to talk to, there's now a new option called "Request Aadhaar Verification", where the an OTP will be sent to the other users' phone number linked with their Aadhaar card. Google recently released the YouTube Go app for the region which, akin to Skype Lite, focuses on reducing the data usage and allowing the app to work on even unreliable connections while minimizing hiccups.

The first announcement, "Skype Lite", is a variation of the Skype app for low-speed smartphone internet connections, a situation all too common in India.

While giving a demo of the app, a Microsoft representative also explained how it can be used in the field of education.

In an event in Bangalore on February 21 Nadella said: "India Stack's vision of having a non-tangible, cashless and paperless vision, which is fundamentally about bringing down transactional costs in the economy that can benefit every citizen, small business and large business, is a grand vision". On top of all this, since the app is developed for India specifically, the Skype Lite supports seven Indian languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, and Urdu.

Government servicesThe Aadhaar scheme, which is the collection of India's new proprietary identity system, can be accessed via the app. If you're in India and using Skype Lite, what do you think of it?

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