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Microsoft brings machine learning to Skype Lite; introduces SMS Insights in India

Microsoft has announced a new feature for Skype Lite for the Indian market. SMS Insights aggregates the relevant information from your SMS messages and presents it at a glance in smart categories, enabling you to get things done more quickly via relevant action links.

Launched earlier this year, Skype Lite offers a lightweight, data-friendly messaging, sharing, and calling experience on low-end Android smartphones. Skype Lite is specifically made for India, and offers a fast and reliable Skype experience.

Users in India receive a lot of SMS, with important information, payment reminders, and due dates – along with a lot of spam. SMS Insights is designed to intelligently pull relevant information from your SMS messages and present it at a glance in smart categories.

Behind the scenes, the feature uses machine learning models to classify and extract relevant information from SMS on your phones. These algorithms run locally on your phones and are completely automated. According to the company, Microsoft does not read your SMS messages or store your SMS data on the servers. Also, SMS Insights will be enabled for users, only after they give SMS permission to Skype Lite app.

SMS Insights will enable you to keep track of appointments, check your bank and wallet balance, track the delivery status of online purchases across, review and pay bills, check flight status and check-in for your flight, check train and PNR status, and organize discounts that retailers have sent you via SMS.

Last month, Microsoft enabled Aadhaar integration with Skype Lite. Aadhaar, the cloud-connected national identification program of India, provides a 12-digit unique-identity number issued to an Indian resident based on their biometric and demographic data.

At the moment, SMS Insights is only available to Skype Lite users in India. You can grab the latest version of Skype Lite via the Google Play Store, and give SMS permission to Skype Lite app, to give this feature a whirl.

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