Microsoft launches Skype Lite in India that works on Slow Networks & Low-end Phones

by Karthik Iyer 1

Skype, the web app from Microsoft is being used by million of people across the globe to make free video calls and one-to-one voice calls or group calls. The app is available across most of the mobile as well as desktop computing platforms today. Today at an event here in Mumbai, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft has announced the launch of a lite version of Skype. As the name suggests, it is a new version of the existing app which will require fewer resources, making it easier for anybody to use the app.

What is Skype Lite?

The new Skype Lite app will be available on Google Play Store for Android devices. The app as mentioned earlier will require fewer resources to run and is specifically targetted to work on mid-to-low end mobile handset with not so powerful internals. This 13MB app was developed in the company’s research and development center in Hyderabad, and it has been reported that there are no plans to launch this anywhere else as of now and is only limited to India. The app will be available to download starting today in the Google Play Store.

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Features of Skype Lite

The Skype Lite app packs a ton of different features despite being a lite version. It has pretty much all the key features of the Skype app like Instant messaging, audio and video calling along with Skype bot, etc. The Skype Lite also has Aadhar integration which is meant to verify a particular user. You can use the request verification option to have an OTP sent to the person who you are talking to. The OTP will be sent to the number linked to the Aadhar card.

The app can also become the default dialler and messaging application if you wish to use it on your Android smartphone. When integrated, the IM tab will show your SMS messages as well. The calling tab will show you the Skype calls as well as the phone calls via the carrier which you are using. Even the contacts will be seamlessly integrated. On top of all this, since the app is developed for India specifically, the Skype Lite supports seven Indian languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, and Urdu.

Talking about the missing feature, the Skype Lite is missing the Mojis feature from the main app which is nothing but a GIF animated stickers. Having said that, let us know what do you think about it and will you be interested in using this or will you stick to the main app? Let us know in the comment section and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for info like this.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Vishal Giri

    much needed software from Microsoft since internet speed in most of the areas is weaker in India, it can be useful there!!