With the world moving to mobility, communication and decision making in large organisations can get cumbersome. Various productivity apps have come up and today Microsoft added another one to list.
Microsoft Kaizala is now in India. It’s a mobile-only product designed for large group communications and to manage work. If you remember, the platform was announced at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai by CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year.
What is Kaizala?
It is a chat based productivity app which aims to connect mobile-first and mobile-only workforces and enable collaboration and work management. It is powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and is said to support 2G networks and low-end smartphones as well.
According to the company, the app helps organisations seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks and bring together desktop and mobile-only users within or outside the organisation.
The new platform is being adopted by various Indian organisations including Yes Bank, Apollo Telemedicine, Republic TV, United Phosphorous Limited and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. Apart from these, the government of Andhra Pradesh is also one of the first users of the productivity application.
“The Digital India initiative is focused on harnessing technology to help India transform. Microsoft Kaizala, a made for India product, brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace. The product will make it possible for organizations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content. Microsoft Kaizala has been optimized for 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations and offers features with offline support.” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
How is it different from Microsoft Teams?
While both offer similar features, Kaizala has been positioned as an end-to-end connectivity and productivity solution for people in the organisation that may or may not have access to Office 365 or are not necessarily using a desktop. As for Microsoft Teams, it is for organisations, which are already using and have deep integration with Office 365 applications.
Availability and features
Microsoft Kaizala is being offered in two options, a free version where users get 1:1 and hierarchical group chat, support for media and document sharing, built-in actions for polls, surveys, announcements, work management, offline and 2G support. Then there is a pro version which offers organization group management, user management (remove users from groups and wipe group data from device), the ability to create public groups, publish custom actions, advanced reporting, analytics, system integration and automation using Kaizala APIs. The pro version is priced at Rs 130 per admin for a month. The app will be available starting today on iOS and Android.