Skype Lite app, a lighter version of the popular video calling and messaging app Skype launched on Tuesday. It is less resource-intensive than Skype and has most of its features. It is designed to work on low-end smartphones. Skype Lite specially made for India allows communication and collaboration over low-bandwidth networks and will bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017. 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.
Skype Lite is available now for free download from the Google Play store in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. It consumes less than 13 MB space and is targeted at the vast Android phone base in India. The Aadhaar in-app authentication feature will be available by June 2017.
Skype Lite can also become the default dialler and messaging application on your Android phone – the messaging tab shows Skype IMs along with your SMS messages, and filters out promotional messages so that your texts are uncluttered. The Calling tab shows your Skype calls and also your phone calls via the carrier. Contacts shows you your Skype and phone contacts, and the Bots tab lets you chat with all the regular Skype bots. The biggest feature that is missing from Skype Lite is Mojis – movie based GIF images that are like animated stickers.
“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization to achieve more,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “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.”
WATCH |Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Launches Skype Lite Exclusively For India