Microsoft CEO Launches a Make In India App That Challenges WhatsApp

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Microsoft CEO met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad early this week. As a flavor enhancer of Digital India movement, Nadella announced the launch of Skype Lite in Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference that took place in Mumbai. Following Facebook’s Lite app, Microsoft too launches the lite version of its voice and video call giant “Skype”.

Coded in Delphi,C and C++ programming language, Skype was first introduced as a freeware application in August 2003. Hunting internet communication for 14 years, Skype faced a slight downturn when Facebook and WhatsApp began to take up the voice and video call market. But now, it looks like the time for counter-blow from Skype in the application market as Skype Lite.

Here is what you should know about this new Make in India app

  • Skype Lite is made in India and developed at Microsoft’s development center in Hyderabad.
  • Skype Lite size is just 13 MB and hence it can be rightly called the Litter version of Skype which is 37 MB.
  • Skype Lite consumes lesser data than Skype and hence you can now use Skype Lite for better calling even in 2G cellular networks.
  • Skype Lite verify its user through Aadhaar number. You can simply give your Aadhaar number and authenticate the app using the OTP received to the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar account.
  • You can also use Skype lite as your messaging application.
  • Skype Lite app has enhanced features and good looking UI than Skype app.
  • When you reshare any image in whatsapp, the image will be downloaded in your device first. But in Skype Lite, when you reshare any image to your friends, the image will not download but it will be shared using Microsoft’s cloud service. Yup, It saves data!
  • This new app is encrypted for Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarathi and Marathi.

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