Microsoft has launched Skype Lite for Skype users in India, and other emerging markets tailored to benefit users on slow network infrastructures across the country.
“We’re excited to launch Skype Lite, our fastest and smallest app to date. It was built in India, for users in India,” announced the firm. “Skype Lite is designed to deliver a great Skype performance in challenging network conditions, use less data, less power and enable more users to take advantage of free Skype to Skype calls.”
Live today for Android users in India here free of charge. The app is available in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Skype Lite contains SMS filtering, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring and India focused Skype Bots.
Skype Lite also uses less data to send and receive messages, and make and receive voice or video calls, which saves customers money on expensive data charges. By using less data to perform vital functions, Skype Lite runs far more smoothly on 2G or in challenging network conditions, offering users a more consistent, quality service.
Skype Lite also uses less data and power by compressing large files such as photos and video content and therefore requires less battery power compared to the Skype mobile app. This helps to minimize issues with the app draining the battery, especially on older devices.
Skype plans to bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017 which will enable Skype users to verify the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews, goods and property sale.