Microsoft has launched a new ‘Made in India’ app, Kaizala, which is aimed at making businesses more efficient and productive. The app is designed for large group communications and work management and works fine even in remote areas with slow 2G networks.
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The Kaizala app is powered by Microsoft Azure and is a product of Microsoft Garage, which focuses on experimental ideas and projects.
The company is pitching it as an effective medium for organisations to communicate, collaborate and complete tasks smoothly over the desktop and mobile devices.
Kaizala app can be downloaded for free on Android or iOS in India.
The company has also released Kaizala Pro, which is an enterprise version of the app, allowing full administrative control over the groups. The Pro version is priced at Rs 130 per user per month.
“Kaizala brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace. The product will make it possible for organisations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
The Andhra Pradesh government was one of the first government organisations to integrate Kaizala app in their workflow.
“Kaizala has been optimised for 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations and offers features with offline support,” he added.
Microsoft Kaizala has seen significant adoption among organisations such as YES Bank, Apollo Telemedicine, Republic TV, United Phosphorous Limited and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, who are currently piloting the solution for their internal teams.
“The product offers a simple and familiar chat interface and goes beyond to make everyone more productive using Surveys, Polls, Jobs, Meetings and other actions, right in your chats,” added Rajiv Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Office Product Group, Microsoft.
The app users can simply get connected using their mobile phone numbers as their primary unique ID. Using Microsoft Kaizala, organisations can connect with their employees and the extended value chain.
Currently, the app is being used by over 30 government departments and 70,000 users daily. Both the free and pro versions of the app are integrated with Office 365.