Microsoft announces Skype Lite and Linkdin Lite with Aadhar integration

An in-app authentication for Aadhaar would also be available for the app by June this year.

Recently, Nadella, met Ravi Shankar Prasad, Indian Minister for Electronics and IT, wherein both discussed the benefits of technology in various "Digital India" projects. The verification works like this: a user could ask from within the app while a call is underway to check for the verification of the other person.

The IT infrastructure referred to include Aadhaar, the united payment interface (UPI) that has enabled apps like Bhim that allow bank transfers in a jiffy, the eKYC (electronic know your customer) that has enabled those like Reliance Jio to enroll customers in 2-3 minutes, and eSign that allows any document to be signed electronically using Aadhaar.

Microsoft has just found the ideal Skype app for the Indian market. It also gives candidates an option to create a LinkedIn profile, if they don't already have one.

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The CEO also showcased Project Sangam - a skilling tool - that will help citizens learn new skills to apply for jobs.

"Skype Lite is the new Skype built for India that meets your daily communication needs with your friends, family, and groups".

Skype Lite is a 13MB app that has features built-in to conserve data usage. The platform, which is still in a private preview stage, is yet to go public. According to Microsoft, the home page of the lighter version of LinkedIn only consumes 150KB, and other pages weigh about 70KB. The company plans to leverage the 39-million-strong LinkedIn user base in India. The app has India-focuses bots that can reply instantly when you ask something in messaging format. "The business model is also changing and there is a high chance of gross margins improving", Nadella said, adding that the financial sector is also changing in the country with State Bank of India adopting Office 365 for its operations. Noting that LinkedIn is now part of the Microsoft product empire, he said his company's "dream has always been to be able to take the world's biggest professional network and connect it to the professional cloud and make it possible for every professional in the world to be able to realize their economic opportunity". For instance, the app has Horoscope bot to offer you Horoscope information, a Skype support bot to help you out in using the app and some interactive bots like Meme cat, Your face, etc that are quite fun to use. "It is built with the latest Skype technology to perform well - even under limited network connections - and help you save money", Microsoft explains.

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