At the Future Decoded 2017 event in Mumbai, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella launched India specific products – Skype Lite, Project Sangam and Kaizala.
Skype Lite allows communication and collaboration over low-bandwidth networks. Skype Lite is Microsoft’s fastest and smallest Skype app to date. It is built to help people in India stay connected in challenging network conditions, as it is lightweight and fast. Skype Lite contains features specifically designed for India, including help to manage SMS by intelligently removing clutter, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring, India-focused Skype Bots and power saving functionality. The app will be available in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Skype will also bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017. With this integration, Skype users will be able to authenticate the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews, goods and property sale.
Skype Lite is available now for free download from the Google Play store. The Aadhaar in-app authentication feature will be available by June 2017.
Project Sangam is a life-long skill development and jobs platform for Indians.
Project Sangam aims to bridge the widening skill gap in the country today. The project aims to connect the skills learning programs directly with relevant jobs, by leveraging the power of LinkedIn’s extensive job search platform. Project Sangam will allow users to register using their Aadhaar identity ensuring life-long access to the platform.
Kaizala is for collaboration between desktop and mobile computing users. Kaizala is available on all leading mobile platforms. Kaizala offers seamless convergence of an instant messenger and a productivity enhancer for those always on the move. Kaizala has been successfully tested by the Government of Andhra Pradesh at a 12-day mega event involving 20 million people. The Government of Andhra Pradesh now plans to replicate it across many departments to implement real-time governance across the state.