Microsoft introduced Aadhar authentication in February for its Skype video chat service, now it has made the feature available for its Skype Lite app. This feature lets users using the app for the purpose of video chat confirm their identities through Indian Unique ID system, Aadhar. Users can also ask other users they are chatting with to confirm their identity.
To authenticate their identity users need to enter their Aadhar number after which they will be prompted to enter a One Time Pin (OTP) which will be sent to their mobile devices via SMS. After you have entered the password the system will then authenticate your identity by going and checking out your Aadhar details.
This decision from Microsoft to integrate identity verification into its Skype Lite app has come soon after Unique Identification Authority of India (UIA) began collaborating with a various IT companies to provide Aadhar integrated services. This could either be a step initiated Microsoft themselves or a collaboration between the UIA and Microsoft.
This feature for Indian users means they can be assured of the identity of the person on the other end of the Skype call. This new feature will also ensure that if there is any exchange of sensitive data, it goes only to the intended party and not a scammer. This will also help government agencies and businesses to confirm the identities of the persons.
Skype was the original video calling platform that started in 2003. However, in the last few years, they have been struggling to maintain their consumer base with the rise of services like Viber, FaceTime, WhatsApp calls and even Google’s Duo. With the introduction of Skype Lite and Aadhar authentication maybe they will be able to reinfuse the brand with some faith from consumers.