"Skype Lite is created to deliver a great Skype performance in challenging network conditions, use less data, less power and enable more users to take advantage of free Skype to Skype calls". Skype Lite is not only a video call service anymore, it can double up as your default SMS app, default Dialer and also shows up your Call Log.
Microsoft has built a lightweight version of Skype, dubbed Skype Lite, designed for areas with patchy mobile networks and available initially in India. Skype lite, which went live on the Google Play store earlier in the day, was developed by Microsoft's Research lab in Hyderabad and is now on available for Android smartphones in India. 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. Microsoft believes that Skype Lite is optimised for India and wants to put messaging, Skype video and audio calls in one place.
"It is the first project on Cloud that will bring Microsoft and LinkedIn together to help unemployed masses in India", Nadella said.
The free app is available on Google Play and is just 13MB in size.
The new app is designed around four main tabs: Messages, Calling, Contacts, and Skype Bots. He talked about LinkedIn Lite, which was announced past year, and then talked about Project Sangam, which would help people find blue collar jobs, and help teach people the basic skill required for these jobs. The app as mentioned earlier will require fewer resources to run and is specifically targetted to work on mid-to-low end mobile handset with not so powerful internals.
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Skype Lite is built to work in low bandwidth and poor connectivity, given that most of India still operates on the 2G (second generation) spectrum.
The company said it plans to integrate Aadhaar, India's national digital identity scheme, to enable certain services from June.
While Nadella's keynote mostly focused on Aadhaar and eGovernence services being propelled by Microsoft apps, he talked about a few other products as well. Microsoft has been working on pilot projects on how to use Aadhaar for Skype. Skype Lite seems to be a very good alternative to our native Skype App or any other app for video calling purposes.
Skype Lite was not only made for India, but a lot of the features that went into the app were actually developed at the company's Hyderabad campus. The OTP will be sent to the number linked to the Aadhar card. He said that in most markets people use multiple communication apps.