Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches India-focused apps during Future Decoded event

According to Microsoft, the app is created to work in "challenging network conditions", where coverage or bandwidth may be limited.

Skype Lite contains many new features which have been specifically designed with this market in mind.

Skype, which was once the defacto standard for Indians to connect with their kin overseas on video calls, has been on the verge of extinction, thanks to lighter weight WhatsApp video calls, Google+ video calls among others. It also lets you read and reply to SMS messages, and includes a tool to help you track your mobile data usage.

Skype Lite is limited to India, as there was no mention on whether it will be available globally.

Project Sangam gives the government's 'Skill India' mission a much-needed boost by providing job opportunities for skilled workers across all segments.

At the Future Decoded event in India Wednesday, Microsoft revealed Skype Lite, a lightweight version of its popular Skype messaging platform initially targeting the Indian market.

Measuring mere 13MB, the Skype Lite takes a few seconds to install and boot for the first time.

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Going further Nadella also talked about Kaizala, a mobile app that Microsoft had launched previous year as a productivity app for teams. According to Microsoft, employers in poor network areas will be able to chat with "Aadhaar Verified" users on both the regular Skype app and the new Skype Lite app while interacting for job interviews. Today at an event here in Mumbai, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft has announced the launch of a lite version of Skype.

India is expected to see the fastest internet growth worldwide, which would lead to significant economic and social changes across the board.

Making it easier to communicate even with slow internet connections could be a notable perk to boost Android phone adoption in India, which would in turn lead to wider smartphone adoption overall.

On Tuesday, Nadella and Flipkart co-founder and CEO Binny Bansal announced that the two companies will be partners on the cloud - Flipkart will exclusively be using Microsoft Azure as its public cloud. Keeping in mind how India still struggles with the connectivity issue, the app size is merely 13 MB while it offers all the functions available in the original application.

As the name goes, its a lighter version of Skype.

It supports eight Indian languages, including Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu, offers support for reading and replying to SMS, and has other data optimisation quirks for users, like notifications on total mobile data being consumed.


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