Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches Skype Lite for India
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has launched Skype Lite, a new version of the video and voice-calling app designed for the Indian market on day two of Future Decoded in Mumbai 2017. Skype Lite is designed to work better on 2G or unstable connections, this makes it more reliable in many parts of India.
Skype Lite needs just 13 MB of storage space, compared to 36 MB of the regular version. It understands when it is using the cellular network and when Wi-Fi, and consumes less data when it is on the former. It compresses photos. Unlike in WhatsApp, when you re-share a photo that you receive, no download or upload of the photo happens — the sharing happens within the cloud service. That saves a lot of data. You can see how much data the Skype app has used, both on the cellular network and on Wi-Fi, in case you want to control usage.
Microsoft is also integrating Aadhaar, the 12-digit national identification number system widely used in India, directly into Skype Lite as a way for people to securely identify themselves. The data can be accessed for verification during a call and deleted once it’s finished.
Skype Lite is available to download from play store in seven Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.