Microsoft Corp. has followed the footsteps of social messaging platform, Facebook Inc. on building/designed lighter version of their apps like skype lite that can support low-end smartphones. Recently, Facebook was celebrating having 200 million monthly users on their Facebook Lite mobile app.
According to online reports, Microsoft CEO; Satya Nadella announced a new version of the company’s popular VoIP/messaging app Skype dubbed ‘Skype Lite‘ optimized for 2G and unstable network connections, so you can stay connected with friends and family, during the company’s two-day Future Decoded Conference that is being held in Mumbai, India.
Despite having nearly all the regular features of the standard Skype, reports claim that the Skype Lite is less than 13MB in size and works very well on lower-end smartphones.
According to the Skype team, picture sharing is pretty common on the app, and so this Lite version will compress photos before uploading them to ensure less data usage. The app interface also lets users see how much of their data has been used by Skype Lite, both on cellular and WiFi. There’s also a dark theme, in contrast to the regular white background which helps in battery conservation as well.
Skype Lite is limited to India, as there was no mention on whether it will be available globally. The app will be available for download on play store.