Microsoft wants to link Skype with Aadhar, says company President Brad Smith

Microsoft is working with the Indian government to link Skype with the Aadhar database

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 12:08 pm
Microsoft President Brad Smith has revealed that the company is in talks with government to link Aadhar with Skype Microsoft President Brad Smith has revealed that the company is in talks with government to link Aadhar with Skype

Microsoft is working with the Indian government to link Skype with the Aadhar database to see if the video calling service can be used to make authenticated calls with government institutions and others.

Answering a question from during a meeting with select media persons here, Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation said they have been very enthusiastic and have “embraced the universal ID system”.

“We have been pursuing work, initially on a pilot basis, to use this specific technology and integrate it with Skype. We see Skype evolving in a way that will enable someone at home to authenticate themselves with using that ID system with a fingerprint or iris scan and then communicate with someone on the other end, maybe even a government agency, which will know that person is the same as he or she is claiming to be,” Smith said, adding that this will enable people to testify in a government proceeding or get a licence.

The kind of convenience this can bring to people’s lives will be significant, he said, adding how you will not need to travel long distances for many requirements and will be able to do things in front of a computer.

Responding to a query on how Microsoft viewed the entire Indian digital framework being on Open Source, Smith said the Microsoft thinks Open Source and proprietary software will coexist. “We think this was a debate in 2006 and now there is a healthy future for software in every form. As the world moves to the cloud, more open source software will coexist. In fact, 25 percent of the workload on Microsoft Azure are run on Linux,” he said, adding this was now a mainstream technology trend. “Five years from now there will be open-source applications of all kind running in the three Microsoft data centres out of India too,” he added.

Along with the launch of the data centres, that will keep customer data within the country, Smith said Microsoft was also working closely with the government on setting up the Cyber Security Engagement Centre (CSEC) under the digital crimes unit of the company. “The centre will work with law enforcement agencies as well as customers and help stakeholders fight cyber crimes,” he added. Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said the company was also offering security consulting to organisations with critical infrastructure like power plants and defence.

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  1. R
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:40 pm
    Excellent. More jobs RESERVED FOR INCOMPETENT BRAHMIN SCOUNDRELS in Microsoft world over.
  2. D
    Feb 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm
    NATIONAL TOILET RESEARCH ORGANIZATION(NTRO) (headed by brahmin) which snooped on its own employees in its own office in their own bathrooms( perverted buggers did not have anything to see-azzoles) by using their own cameras! Well that is past. Now linking THE FKING AADHAR to skype. Brahmins have no shame at all, as shameless as dogs having SEKS in the streets. So no problem for them. This skype AADHAR link is a problem only for those who have dignity. India,as a Govt of Brahmin scoundrels has no dignity either. More shameless than a street dog. Indian agencies are known world-over for using individual's details to witch hunt all through a person's life. The scoundrels in agencies also supply official thugs for foreign corporates on request by them to contain anybody that is about to blow the whistle on that companies atrocities, tax evasion, and many connections to murders, all for an employment for the agents' relatives in foreign countries and their own foreign junkets. How the FK nobody has any sense to think that true entire FKing link between Skype and AADHAR is only to snoop on non-brahmins. Brahmins wouldn't mind anybody snooping them(reason told earlier).
  3. M
    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:51 pm
    Giving free but limited internet to each and every one for Govt. services can be an area Govt. can look at. It will be a good investment to drive the criminals vanish for ever. In areas where people are too poor to take it, provide the regional Govt. department to have an officer coordinate it in his office for those who can't afford to have it even if given free. This will save money in transport, traffic, clustering of people in cities only for "facilities".
  4. M
    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:46 pm
    This is more authentic then an appearing in person because it has an address, a finger print and a repeated and identifiable track of communication.
  5. I
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:38 pm
    Would Brad Smith accept if it is required by the Federal Govt to type in his social security # every time you Skype. Let Microsoft implement that in US first.
  6. C
    Codes Codd
    Feb 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    Using skype Microsoft force users to upgrade to a latest version of Operating system ... if govt agrees to this mischief then entire Indian Market will be of Microsoft ... this is a trick to capture all Indian market without paying anything.... Microsoft is using Skype to sell its operating system
  7. C
    Codes Codd
    Feb 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    already skype doesn't work on versuions lower than Windows XP
  8. S
    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm
    skype Linux me chakta hai bc
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