Microsoft has updated Skype with a very important feature. It essentially makes it possible for someone to quickly use Skype without actually having to download the app or even signing up for an account. Also Read - Windows 11: Release date, top features to expect, how to upgrade and moreAlso Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
“Today, we re excited to announce that we ve made it easier than ever for you to connect with anyone on Skype, without needing to register or even download it. By joining Skype as a Guest, you can quickly chat, voice or video call without any hassle. Perfect if you re new to Skype and want to quickly chat with someone, anywhere in the world, for free,” a Skype blog post reads. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
To make a call, simply head over to skype.com, and click on the ‘Start a Conversation’ button. The next step is to enter a name/handle, post which Skype will create an unique link. Once created, the link will be valid for 24 hours, and you will be able to share it with anyone. By clicking on the shared link, your friend will reach a page with an UI that is not too unfamiliar for those who have used Skype before. On the left, you will see options to start a video or voice call, a group chat or simply share files with friends who have your link.
Skype’s new feature is no doubt very useful, and makes it quite easy to have a video call with any of your friends, whether they have a Skype account or not. Though it is clear that this is Microsoft’s way to keep Skype relevant amid growing competition from other messaging apps, the truth is that the feature arrives a bit late. With just over 300 million monthly active users, it is far behind other apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Recently, even Google launched Allo and Duo apps with the aim of offering voice and video calls via simplistic UI. Meanwhile, business tools like Slack are also beginning to incorporate features like video chatting, which was once the domain of Skype. ALSO READ: Microsoft to shut Skype office in London, lay off 400 employees