Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Microsoft Sangam to help address skill gaps in India


Available in the Google Play store, the app is "a client built for the connectivity speeds in India, across nine different languages, with fantastic support for bots and with Aadhaar identity built-in". Nadella also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, assuring the government of its initiatives in healthcare and education.

Skype Lite offers features like reduced size, instant messaging, audio and video calls. Project Sangam will be an open ceosystem where trainers can pour their content into Sangam and people can take the training right from Sangam and apply for jobs. The new app is rather improved and even lets its users to integrate their regular mobile calling and SMSes into the Skype inbox.

Skype Lite, Microsoft's fastest and smallest Skype app to date, is claimed to be designed for India. The company assured that it deletes all the Aadhaar data once the call has been disconnected.

Microsoft's Skype Lite free Android app has been optimized to run on 2G networks or in challenging network conditions. Project Sangam will support blended online and offline modes of learning and serve as a platform for teaching. The candidates will also receive job options according to their skills, according to a report. "Every Indian citizen should be empowered with their own data, so that they can be data-rich", he said. Nadella said that this is now in a private preview.

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Nadella highlighted the Microsoft Garage India-only app, Kaizala, which is being used by the government of the Andhra Pradesh region to help coordinate a major local festival by, for example, conducting polls, assigning jobs and managing bills across workgroups. Nadella said that LinkedIn now has 39 million users in the country, the publication noted.

Nadella said that Microsoft is very excited about innovations like Kaizala, an application from Microsoft Garage that helps to fill the communication gap between the administration. The apps are now only available in India. Significantly, the app is created to run on 2G and "unstable network connections". "It is powered by the new cloud services and made for consumers in India", added Ho. The app automatically compresses photos, videos and large files, placing less of a strain on overworked networks.

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