Skype Lite: Microsoft launches lighter version of Skype in India

Screenhots of the Skype Lite app. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 22, 2017, 07.15 AM (IST)

Microsoft has introduced a lighter version of the Skype app - Skype Lite - for the Indian market. The new app is said to have been built with the latest Skype technology to perform well even under limited network connections.

The Skype Lite app weighs almost half of the original Skype app. It will work on phones running Android 4.0.3 and above. "Packed in a 13MB file, the new app is available only for Android devices and is especially designed to save data," Satya Nadella, Indian-born CEO of Microsoft, told the media at the company’s Future Decoded event.

Skype Lite is designed for India with features, such as support for SMS, native phone contacts and calls, and data usage tracking.

Microsoft has also introduced a dark theme for the new app making it easy for users to work in the night without having to strain their eyes.

To make it easier for a user to differentiate between important and junk SMSs, Microsoft has used the artificial intelligence (AI) technology that segregates normal text messages, Skype messages and promotional texts under three different categories.

Microsoft has also integrated Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification number system, into the app for enhanced security.

Skype Lite is available in seven local languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.