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Microsoft launches Skype Lite with Aadhaar

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches products made in India for India

The new Skype Lite app has been created to work on 2G connections or less stable connections, it is also designed for older Android device and to use less battery power than the standard application. The "Made for India" app will enable Android phone users to make calls and exchange instant chat messages with other Skype users, free of cost.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, introduced a new Skype Lite app version for Indian Android smartphone owners. "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.

It's a hyper-localized app that is right now only available to Android users through the Google Play store in India.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was also at hand to elaborate on this, and talked about how Andhra Pradesh is a "cloud-first state". "The company will allow people to enroll through Aadhaar cards and later utilize LinkedIn to manage their profiles", said Nadella in the FutureDecoded event.

Skype Lite will go live today in India, and can be downloaded here.

Microsoft envisions that this could be used in a range of scenarios such as government verifications and job interviews.

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The Skype Lite app can verify Aadhaar data real time with the help of OTPs - similar to the ones generated for online verification. Skype Lite, built to work on low bandwidth connections and an integration with was also announced. After downloading the app you need to sign in using the Microsoft account or Skype ID.

Nadella also talked at length about the Sangam app, that helps people find jobs and offers them educational services. Using this service, recruiters from outside of India will be able to verify identities as they conduct interviewers of users in India, providing safe authentication and also making the interview process a lot smoother.

To help bring more Indians onto the Skype platform, Microsoft has chose to include multi-language support for their Skype Lite.

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Microsoft announced earlier in the day its Skype Lite, a version of Skype that consumes less data. The highlight of this app is it save data and is nearly 60% lighter than current Skype app. Skype app has a size of 30.64 MB, whereas Lite is just 12.75 MB. Skype Lite is an effort to cater to the vastly broader audience of low end smartphones. Once the training is completed, Microsoft will update their profiles for employers to shortlist and hire the skilled workers.

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