Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Skype Lite Released for India and Other Emerging Markets


Nadella also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, assuring the government of its initiatives in healthcare and education.

BotsThe app is also introducing chatbot into the mainframe of the app, which seems to be a helpful addition.

Going further Nadella also talked about Kaizala, a mobile app that Microsoft had launched a year ago as a productivity app for teams. As for its availability, at least for the time being it will only be possible to download Skype Lite from India as long as we have an Android device. The company assured that it deletes all the Aadhaar data once the call has been disconnected. Clearly aimed at the Indian market, where connectivity is still an issue, Skype Lite is just 13MB in size while still offering all the functions of the main app. Skype Lite is also fully localised and supports seven Indian languages - Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu. Users can create a LinkedIn profile and enroll in different courses and access materials that are available offline. Using LinkedIn's trove of job search data, the project will help users build the skills they need for a job by connecting training and learning programs with relevant job requirements. Because of its integration with Microsoft Office, we anticipate more usage among professional users. Nadella said that this is now in a private preview. Nadella said that LinkedIn now has 39 million users in the country, the publication noted. On the other hand, through technology, people in remote places can quickly be provided the same quality of education and healthcare usually available in big cities, he said. It works with both high-speed and low-speed networks, and can intelligently switch between networks and Wi-Fi to optimize performance and save data usage. I do wish Skype Lite's notifications supported quick reply (the full Skype app does), but that's a small complaint.

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Nadella said that finding the right job is a challenge for graduates in India.

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. It is built to help people in India stay connected in challenging network conditions, as it is lightweight and fast. "It is powered by the new cloud services and made for consumers in India", Eugene Ho explained.

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