The launch of lite versions of both LinkedIn and Skype, along with two new products named Placements and Project Sangam, was announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the Future Decoded 2017 event in Mumbai on February 22nd.
According to Nadella, the professional network is focused on India-specific products, which include LinkedIn Lite. The version is designed to help people look for economic opportunities in low connectivity zones. This will be coupled with the Placements app that will allow fresh graduates to find better jobs.
In addition, the CEO also featured Project Sangam, where Indian citizens can train for new skills to advance their job applications. To avail of the service, prospective applicants have to log in with project partner Aadhar Praman service from Microsoft and then create a LinkedIn profile.
The launch of lite versions in India can be mutually beneficial for both the professional network and the country. While India is one of the fastest growing countries in terms of internet users, 65% of the population still does not have access to the internet. With LinkedIn Lite, citizens in rural areas with weak connectivity will not be bereft of economic mobility, while the professional network can grow its current 39 million users in the country.
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