Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday launched Skype Lite, a made-in-India avatar of its popular video calling app Skype, which comes loaded with features meant for low-end smartphones. The app, which has been developed at the tech giant"s Hyderabad R&D centre, consumes low data and will allow Aadhaar verification in the time to come.
"If digital technology is only the purview of the large businesses and the start-ups, I think that is not sufficient for an economy to make progress," the India-born Nadella said speaking at a company event here.
Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, in his keynote speech at the company's Future Decoded summit in Mumbai, unveiled the apps explaining how they can revolutionise the way candidate verification processes at big companies and SMEs.
Telecom regulator TRAI today extended the last date for comments on the contentious Net neutrality by a month to March 15.
Reliance Industries today said its telecom subsidiary Jio has garnered 72.4 million subscribers within four months of commencement of services but continues to face congestion issues as interconnect capacity provided by some large operators is "still way below requirement".
"Provision of Internet telephony has been in telecom licence, but it has not expanded in country. Today, we discussed issues that are holding on to its expansion," Trai Chairman RS Sharma told reporters here on the sidelines of Open House Discussion on Internet telephony.
The EU executive wants to extend some rules that now only apply to telecom operators to web companies offering calls and messages using the internet, known as "Over-The-Top" (OTT) services, according to the draft.
Star tech investor Ashton Kutcher's A-Grade investments has a portfolio of 120 startups His investment portfolio includes Skype, Uber, Spotify, Airbnb and FourSquare.
Conversations with officials in Europe over the past few months resulted in the social network deciding to only tapping into WhatsApp user data there for purposes such as fighting spam, according to the source.
"This has been in the works for some time and we are glad that we are launching the service from India, which has our largest userbase. Like voice calls, video calls are also going to be dynamic i.e. depending on the quality of network, the video will adjust accordingly," WhatsApp Head of Business Neeraj Arora said.
Reliance Jio today claimed that it has created "a world record" by crossing the 16 million subscriber mark in its first month of operations -- September.
Use of non-sanctioned cloud, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), or personal smartphones for work is called â€˜shadow IT‘. Developing applications for workflow management without the involvement of the IT team is also part of shadow IT. Although it is convenient and quickens work, the practice poses several risks.
"Microsoft made the decision to unify some engineering positions, potentially putting at risk a number of globally focused Skype and Yammer roles," the Financial Times quoted Microsoft as saying.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation bloc, is set to recommend tighter privacy and security for services like Facebook-owned message service WhatsApp and Microsoft's video phone portal Skype.
The video calling app, which was first announced by Google three months ago at its I/O developer conference, aims to take the "complexity out of video calling".
"Big deals don't work," said Roger McNamee, a career tech investor, who co-founded private equity firms Silver Lake and Elevation Partners, in an interview Monday on CNBC. "It's going to be hard to get the value out of this that I think they plan to get."
The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets.
Last month, technology giant Microsoft said it had been working on a pilot to link Skype with the Aadhaar database to explore if the identification service can be used on video calls, including those with government institutions.
"Government policy on net neutrality shall be finalised after taking into account recommendations of committee constituted at Department of Telecommunication, recommendations of Trai and other inputs to the government," Prasad said.
"We have been pursuing work, initially on a pilot basis, but it will continue to grow, to use that specific technology and integrate it into Skype," Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith told reporters here.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) sources say that the regulators are in 'No emergency' to decide norms for the free internet policy.
The company today launched another feature for the application which allows users to share data and files without internet connectivity within a radius of 100 meters. Sharing an example, Mittal said exchanging 100 MB of data would take less than 10 seconds on Hike Direct without incurring any charges.
Line's owner, South Korean Internet firm Naver, was preparing an IPO for the company in 2014, but reportedly postponed it to focus on the messaging app's expansion. It was later reported that Line shares could start trading in Japan - and possibly New York - as early as this summer in a deal that could value it at more than billion.
After testing the preview version of its widely used Office suite, Microsoft is now speculated to release the final version of its Office 2016 on September 22.
"OTT players will have to roll out separate packages for VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services which shall eventually be charged to the subscribers," India Ratings and Research said in a note on Friday.