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Microsoft launches Skype Lite with built-in Aadhaar integration

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But everyone doesn't want to change their smartphone every few years. More information on the matter is bound to follow soon and in the meantime, hit the Google Play Store link below to download Skype Lite if you're located in India.

Most importantly for areas with low connectivity or expensive data charges, Microsoft said that the app has been created to use less data for all types of calls or messages. Skype Lite is also available in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. It also lets you read and reply to SMS messages, and includes a tool to help you track your mobile data usage.

A large number of low-skilled and semi-skilled workers that Microsoft is targeting with its Sangam project still use feature phones, which will likely be a challenge as Microsoft tries to popularize the service.

This app leverages the Aadhar and also consumes less data and is optimised for the Indian market. According to Ho, when the user is connected to Wi-Fi, the app will automatically switch to HD calls that are similar to Skype calls.

But, Microsoft has added a cherry atop their current offering by bringing in additional integrations and customizations. It segregates all messages into three categories - normal text messages, Skype messages and promotional texts.

"What we had seen was that email was often the primary means of collaboration and coordination even in government organisations", said Nadella, "and people are using consumer internet services to get government or business work done".

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (centre) speaking at the Future Decoded event. "The company will allow people to enroll through Aadhaar cards and later utilize LinkedIn to manage their profiles", said Nadella in the FutureDecoded event. In addition, the app will take advantage of the potential of the Skype Bot platform, so users can use bots capable of sending news of interest or travel deals. Click this, and a verification request will be sent to the person who is on call. "With the transformative power of the cloud, we are enabling Indian start-ups, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies to build new digital capability, find new growth and seize the opportunities ahead".

Billed as one of the largest such pacts in the global social media space, Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal previous year.

"We are also working with the India Stack in a very strategic way".

Skype Lite needs just 13 MB of storage space, compared to 36 MB of the regular version.

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