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Last Updated : Feb 22, 2017 03:52 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Future Decoded: Microsoft boosts Aadhaar with Skype Lite

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.


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The government's sustained efforts to implement the use-case scenarios for 12-digit Aadhaar got a major fillip from tech giant Microsoft when it launched new apps Linkedin Lite and Skype Lite.

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 can happen at big companies and SMEs.


Skype Lite is Microsoft’s fastest and smallest Skype app to date. It is built to help people in India stay connected in challenging network conditions, as it is lightweight and fast. Skype Lite contains features specifically designed for India, including help to manage SMS by intelligently removing clutter, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring, India-focused Skype Bots and power saving functionality.

The app will be available in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Skype will also bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017. With this integration, Skype users will be able to authenticate the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews, goods and property sale.

"Skype will now support Aadhaar. Skype Lite will come in to help people connect in poor network areas and it is going to come with Aadhaar capabilities," Nadella said.

The Skype Lite app can verify Aadhaar data real time with the help of OTPs -- similar to the ones generated for online verification. Employers can chat with 'Aadhaar Verified' users on both the regular Skype app and the new Skype Lite app while interacting for job interviews and similar scenarios.

Nadella stressed on the importance of job creation and skill development as a plank for economic upliftment of individuals and the country. Microsoft plans to leverage the 39-million-strong LinkedIn user base in India.

"LinkedIn India is creating products just for India and the first one is LinkedIn Lite, a tool that will help people connect from low connectivity zones in the country," Nadella said.

Project Sangam

Microsoft's new programme Project Sangam will help Indians to skill themselves for jobs available, Nadella said.  The ecosystem will allow skilled individuals pour content into a pool which can be used by anyone for training purposes, thereby making individuals better-skilled candidates.

The project aims to connect the skills learning programs directly with relevant jobs, by leveraging the power of LinkedIn’s job search platform. Project Sangam will allow users to register using their Aadhaar identity ensuring life-long access to the platform.

Microsoft said Project Sangam can strengthen the skilling ecosystem in India and has the potential to benefit millions of new skill seekers in the country.

One can enrol for Project Sangam through the government's Aadhaar Praman Service.
First Published on Feb 22, 2017 12:28 pm
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