Published: 13th January 2021
So long WhatsApp, Hola Kaizala! Why four Gujarat schools are migrating to Microsoft's messaging app Kaizala
Kaizala was developed in India by a team of Maharashtrian developers at the Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad
But did you know that one of the biggest tech companies in the world and one of Facebook's biggest rivals, Microsoft also has an instant messaging app. And not just that, it was developed right here in India, at the Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad. Named Kaizala, which the Marathi equivalent of 'What's happening?' or 'What's up?' — a phrase that inspired WhatsApp's nomenclature — the platformed was developed by a team of Maharashtrian developers. Hence the name.
Manan Choksi, Executive Director, Udgam School For Children
Manan says that they have been using Kaizala to communicate among the staff for the past six months. All the four schools use Microsoft Showcase Schools, which gives them access to the latest tech in development at Microsoft.
Among it's multiple features, the most effective one, Manan says, is that students will only get access to messages meant for them. "Although it's a paid service, it is part of the Microsoft Office Suite and we don't have to pay additionally for it. It is free for the parents and students. Students can keep it open on their computer and they will receive only updates and notices from the school," says Manan. With features like unlimited people in groups and stronger privacy and encryption, the 7500-plus students at these schools don't have to worry about data privacy, says Manan.