Microsoft Introduces Lighter Version of Skype for Users in India

  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
  • Author: Tim Maytom
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Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Skype for its users in India – to cater to the poor network conditions experienced in some parts of the country.

Skype Lite works much in the same way as the full Skype app, enabling users to make and receive voice and video calls. It also enables users to send large files by compressing them, and is said to be designed to save on expensive data charges, run on 2G and require less battery than the full app.

The Android app, available in Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, also features SMS filtering, mobile data and wi-fi usage monitoring, and India-focused Skype bots.

“Our goal is to help everyone experience the best that Skype has to offer, wherever they are in the world. From listening to Skype users in India, we felt we could design a more tailored product for the India market, one which would benefit users as well as the different network infrastructure across the country,” said Microsoft.

It also revealed its intention to bring Aadhaar, India’s identification system, integration to the app by June 2017. This integration will enable users ‘to verify the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required’.