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Decoding the future

In keeping with its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft is boldly innovating to enable digital transformation by building the intelligent cloud platform, reinventing productivity and business processes, and creating more personal computing.

To enable India on its digital transformation journey, we brought together some of the finest minds in the business to talk about and share, the way forward for digital transformation. The 2-day event in Mumbai saw leaders from India Inc. come together as Microsoft decoded the future and demonstrated digital innovations that brought together people, data, and processes. Here are a few inspiring instances.

Kaizala is a simple chat and productivity app that enables mobile users to achieve more. With Kaizala, you can securely chat with individuals, group chat with your teams, and even add more groups to communicate within large organizations or communities. You can also send Kaizala Actions like Job, Poll, Survey etc. to individuals or to the entire group. To make you more productive instantly, Kaizala consolidates, stores and presents everyone’s responses for easy viewing and decision making. What’s more, it even works with a 2G internet connection.

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Kaizala success stories

The Government of Andhra Pradesh

The Government of Andhra Pradesh saw 90% visitor satisfaction at Krishna Pushkaram 2016 by using Kaizala to manage 220 multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) with officers from various departments. Currently, more than 30 government departments and 70,000 plus users use Kaizala for day-to-day work. They collecting field information about health, government schemes, etc. and promptly disseminate it to citizens.

Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP)

SERP works with more than 4,75,000 Self Help Groups to build strong institutions for the poor and enhance their livelihood opportunities. SERP has a frequent need to educate citizens on various welfare schemes and enable them to utilize its benefits. Kaizala helped SERP connect the organization efficiently by bringing together employees and community workforce. Implementing Kaizala has enabled the organization’s CEO to broadcast information about latest welfare schemes and development projects within a matter of seconds. Using the app, project leaders directly instruct their employees and communicate with community members in real-time.

Our goal is to help everyone experience the best that Skype has to offer, wherever they are in the world. From listening to Skype users in India, we felt we could design a more tailored product for the India market, one which would benefit users as well as the different network infrastructure across the country. This is why we’re excited to launch Skype Lite, our fastest and smallest app to date. It was built in India, for users in India.

Skype Lite is designed to deliver a great Skype performance in challenging network conditions, use less data, less power and enable more users to take advantage of free Skype to Skype calls. As of today, Android users in India are able to download Skype Lite via the Google Play Store, free of charge. It is available in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Because we worked so closely with our users in India, Skype Lite contains many new features which have been specifically designed with this market in mind. This includes SMS filtering, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring and India focused Skype Bots.

Skype Lite also uses less data to send and receive messages, and make and receive voice or video calls, which saves customers money on expensive data charges. By using less data to perform vital functions, Skype Lite runs far more smoothly on 2G or in challenging network conditions, offering users a more consistent, quality service.

Skype Lite uses less data and power by compressing large files such as photos and video content and therefore requires less battery power compared to the Skype mobile app. This helps to minimize issues with the app draining the battery, especially on older devices.

Looking ahead, Skype plans to bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017 which will enable Skype users to verify the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews, goods and property sale.

Over the past years, users in India have grown to love and rely on Skype, and the multitude of connections and moments they’re able to make with it. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to thank our users in India for their support, by releasing Skype Lite to reinforce our commitment to the market

In India, where more than 90% of blood donations are carried out in camps set up by various organizations, it becomes the need of the hour to have a centralized platform for blood donors. Immediate availability of safe blood can be a matter of life and death for patients in need. The biggest challenge in terms of setting up such a repository is donor authentication, identification, and more importantly, donor filtration based on past eligibility records. Effective measures in filtering out ineligible donors can also reduce the risk of HIV transmission due to bad blood transfusion.

Strides Software Solutions, a company focused on blood banking software solutions is on a mission to enable the availability of safe and high quality blood components. After working with various blood banks across India, the company developed the ‘D-health app’ as India’s first Aadhaar-based centralized donor authentication and identification application. Hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform, the application can also perform a centralized blood donor eligibility check across member blood banks. Blood donors can register themselves using a few simple clicks with Aadhaar e-KYC.

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The pilot for the project was recently conducted in Solapur district in association with the Indian Red Cross Blood Bank located in Barshi. The short-term results after deployment have been very encouraging as more than 60 blood banks have already registered on Dhealth. Using the Microsoft Azure platform, Strides is looking forward to scale-up the reach of the app to build a nationwide centralized blood donor registry and unique donor identification program.

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