MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that you can now use Skype without creating an account or downloading the desktop app.
Skype, which has been owned by Microsoft for five years, said in a blog post that the change means that anyone wanting to use the service to chat or make a video call can now do so far more easily.
"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,” the firm said, just hours after WhatsApp started rolling out video calling to its billion-plus users.
Users can now just visit Skype.com and set up a conversation. It is then possible to share the link with a contact, either with an individual or for a group chat, and set up a conversation.
All the regular Skype features, such as screen and file sharing, will be available, and the link will last for 24 hours.
"Best of all, you can still enjoy all of Skype's free features, including one-to-one and group instant messaging, voice and video calls, screen sharing and even file sharing. You can invite up to 300 people to chat and up to 25 people on a voice or video call, all for free," the firm said.
However, Skype added that the service will not work for communications made between Skype and mobile or landline numbers, or with the Skype Translator service.
This new Skype functionality follows the launch of Microsoft's Teams service, a Slack competitor that integrates with Office 365. µ
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