Microsoft Announces The Use Of Aadhaar For Skype Service


Microsoft may start to begin using Aadhaar as an authentication tool for Skype as the technology giant has now been given the go ahead this past Tuesday. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had a meeting with Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister for Electronics and IT where both discussed the benefits of the technology in a number of digital India projects.

Recently Microsoft has been undertaking pilot projects where the Skype service, when using the Aadhaar database, can be used for identity authentication. There were also case studies presented with different scenarios on how Skype can be used in conjunction with Aadhaar. Some of these case studies included things such as the ability of Skype to be used by certain people in government services to authenticate themselves through Aadhaar-based authentication.

Determining that the meeting was a fruitful one, Prasad said that India would consider ways of applying the Microsoft pilot project experiences in Harisal for the newly-announced Digi Gaon initiative.

As quoted by Prasad:

“We have appreciated their initiative for digital inclusion in village…the Harisal pilot project in Maharashtra where they brought in a lot of technology and connectivity for digital health and digital education,”

The government is now considering this for replication. Nadella and Prasad also went into detail how the social media platform, LinkedIn can be involved as a way of linking skilled professionals with better job opportunities.

Prasad was also quoted to say

“LinkedIn exposure for creating more employment opportunities and Digi Gaon becoming a success with application of the experience of pilot project in Harisal, is something we eagerly look forward to,”

These new changes to Skype and the pilot projects are said to help improve current Skype services as we advance more into the future. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this.