At the ongoing Microsoft Future Decoded event in Mumbai, Satya Nadella today launched a new Skype Lite app. As the name suggests, the lite app is aimed at low-end Android smartphones. But one of the talking points of this new is the built-in Aadhaar-based authentication feature.
Microsoft had been in talks with the Indian government since the past year for a go ahead to integrate Aadhaar authentication on its Skype app. Today the company gave a brief demo on how this feature works via a scenario involving an interview. The interviewer was easily able to authenticate the identify the caller using her Aadhaar number. Earlier, Microsoft also presented a scenario wherein Skype can be used by people to authenticate themselves for accessing government services that require Aadhaar-based authentication.
As India moves towards a cashless and digital economy, Aadhaar is playing an important role. The government revealed that over a billion citizens had already enrolled for an Aadhaar ID.
Coming back to Skype Lite, Microsoft today introduced this new app specially built for the Indian mobile market. The Skype Lite app has been built for low-end Android devices, and is optimized to work on slow 2G networks as well. At 13MB in size, the app won’t take up much space on entry-level Android devices.
The Skype Lite app also comes with a built-in data manager, which will ensure the calls and messages do not use precious mobile data. The UI is quite simple, and Microsoft has designed the app to be a one-stop-shop for calling, and texting. Using machine learning, the app can easily filter out promotional texts or spam. The app also boasts bots, which are quite handy. A couple of examples showed how the bots shared Cricket scores so you don’t really need to leave the app. You can also ask bots for real-time weather information or horoscope readings, and more. Microsoft’s Skype Lite app will be available as a free download on the Google Play Store.
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