Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Microsoft India release Kaizala, a mobile group and work communication app


Microsoft has released a new chat and productivity app called Kaizala designed for Indian enterprises. The app is aimed at large group communications, and work management.

With Kaizala, organizations can seamlessly communicate and collaborate with large number of people within or outside the organizations, to assign task and track completion status, and gain actionable insights. The app also makes it easy to get announcements and updates from the main office, invite people to meeting, send feedback via polls or surveys, or simply chat with others one-on-one or in groups. You can even send and receive locations, photos, videos, documents and more.

The app uses an individual's mobile number as their primary unique ID, similar to Whatsapp. It is powered by Microsoft Azure cloud platform, has offline support and has been optimized to work on 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations.  It also integrates with Office 365 subscription. 

There's also an enterprise version called Kaizala Pro, that allows organizations to have full administrative control of their group. It offers additional feature like user and group management, system integration and automation using Microsoft Kaizala APIs, advanced reporting and analytics, ability to publish custom actions, ability to create public groups, and organizational profile and directory. The pro version subscription costs Rs. 130 per user per month

Microsoft says Kaizala has seen significant adoption among Indian organizations such as YES Bank, Apollo Telemedicine, Republic TV, United Phosphorous Limited and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. These organizations are currently piloting Kaizala app for their internal teams.  

In addition, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is also using Kaizala for real time governance. More than 30 government departments and over 70,000 users in Andhra Pradesh government use Microsoft Kaizala for day-to-day work.

Microsoft Kaizala is available in India as a free download on iOS and Android devices. However, the pro version will cost Rs. 130 per user per month.

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