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Skype rivals Zoom with new 'Meet Now' feature for app-free video calls

You no longer need an account or the app to participate in Skype video conferencing calls.

Published onApril 6, 2020

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Skype has introduced a new feature called Meet Now which doesn’t require users to sign up to the service or download the app for video calls. The new feature seems to be borrowed from popular video conferencing platform Zoom, which also lets users join meetings through their browsers without having to sign in or download its app.

Skype’s new feature works by generating a unique link that can be shared with participants of the conference call. If you’re the meeting organizer, you can invite anyone, even if they’re not a Skype user.

The unique link will open the Skype web client on Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Those are the only two supported browsers at the moment and you don’t have to download anything to use the web client.

Related: Skype vs Hangouts: The differences and similarities explained

Those who have the Skype app installed on their devices can also join the meeting as visitors even if they’re not signed into their accounts.

Further, the feature will allow participants to use the full potential of Skype, including the ability to record calls, blur the background, and share screens. Skype notes that it’ll hold your call recordings for up to 30 days and shared media for even longer.

Who is it for and how to create unique Skype meeting links?

The Meet Now feature is perfect for when you’re meeting new people for the first time, without having to share your personal Skype ID. It can also be pretty useful for interviews or conference calls with family members who generally don’t use Skype.

You can create a free Skype conferencing link by visiting the official website here. Once you click on the button to create the unique link, you can share it by simply copying and sending it to the other participants. You also have an option to share it via Gmail or Outlook.

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