Microsoft has today launched Skype Lite, a new cut down version of the video and voice-calling app designed for the emerging markets. The android app weighs in at 13MB, and the app is designed to work better on slow 2G or unstable connections, but don’t get excited yet the app is only available for the India market.
According to Microsoft, Skype Lite will consume less battery power and run smoothly even on old Android phones, and there’s a mode that reduces data usage in video calls. The app works with SMS, too, and is available in nine languages.
Microsoft is also integrating Aadhaar, the 12-digit national identification number system widely used in India, directly into Skype Lite as a way for people to securely identify themselves. The data can be accessed for verification during a call and deleted once it’s finished.
Skype Lite comes as many tech giants are focusing their efforts on emerging markets, which are potentially huge growth market.