Skype Lite offers a "reduced data usage mode" for video calls, but also includes a Data Manager feature to help users keep track of how much data they're consuming through the app - and given that the Bots can give access to a wide range of multimedia content, that data usage could quickly escalate if left unchecked. Nadella met the Indian Prime Minister and IT minister earlier this week so Microsoft's endorsement will certainly bolster the government's plan. The app also records the amount of data used during the calls.
BotsThe app is also introducing chatbot into the mainframe of the app, which seems to be a helpful addition.
Skype Lite also integrates the MSN news and the new Bots platform.
"The company will allow people to enroll through Aadhaar cards [a new Skype feature that verifies identity] and later utilise LinkedIn to manage their profiles", said Nadella in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Future Decoded event.
In addition to facilitating communications via the Skype platform, Skype Lite will allow you to read and receive SMS messages and will have a section from which one can control the use of mobile data.
LinkedIn's integration with Aadhaar is via Project Sangam, reports The Hindustan Times. It has been designed as the fastest and smallest app which consumes less data, for users in India. The project is still under private preview. On the other hand, through technology, people in remote places can quickly be provided the same quality of education and healthcare usually available in big cities, he said.
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"We want to create 14.4 million jobs - LinkedIn has shown the way and we will sign up right away", he said, referring to Project Sangam. The app has India-focuses bots that can reply instantly when you ask something in messaging format.
The app seems quite promising and effective for markets like India where poor internet connectivity is still a major concern no matter what telecom operators claim for their network reach.
Nadella said that it is Microsoft's "responsibility as a multinational company to operate in India responsibly by making sure that our services support the India stack, and that's what we're doing with Skype".
"Our goal is to help everyone experience the best that Skype has to offer, wherever they are in the world".
Government servicesThe Aadhaar scheme, which is the collection of India's new proprietary identity system, can be accessed via the app.