Microsoft announced in a new update that you don’t need to have a Skype account to join a conversation anymore, and it can now be done without the actual app.
- Skype will now have a form of ‘guest chatting’
- Skype users will be able to start conversations and generate an unique link to send to their friends
- The link can be shared with Android or iOS mobile users
- The option is currently only available in the U.S. and the U.K.
In order to keep up with the vicious competition of online messengers, Microsoft have just updated their Skype with a new feature. It will allow others to join in on conversations, be it text or voice calls, without needing to create an account or download the software.
This means that the messenger will be virtually available for everyone.
And perhaps, that’s the peak example of what today’s community needs. Something that’s easily available, instant, and has minimal requirements could be precisely what users are looking for. Microsoft has taken a page from Google Hangouts’ app and have now gone universal.
According to the company, this “will make a big difference” in the way people use Skype. Every conversation will have an unique chat link by clicking the +New button. It will effectively create an individual space for the chat, which will enable users to send them over to anyone, be it through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp.
Once the receiver gets the link, all they have to do is click on it, get sent to the Skype for Web, enter a name, and then they’re free to chat away with others. Of course, it has also been noted that others will only be able to join a conversation, not initiate it. However, it might just be good enough for those who are not generally interested in using Skype as a messenger.
If you do have the app installed though, accepting an invitation to a chat will result in Skype opening itself.
Furthermore, the unique chat link can also be shared with users on Android or iOS devices. However, they must have a Skype account for it to work, though Microsoft has promised to enable ‘guest chatting’ for mobiles as well. The option is clearly targeted toward more casual users, and perhaps draw them to their services in the process.
There is a chance that they’re searching for peer pressure to improve their user database as well. One can only receive so many chat invites through email until they give in and actually download the Skype client.
For now, the ‘guest chat’ through the Skype for Web interface is available only in the United States and the United Kingdom. However, Microsoft has stated that they’re still working on improvements, and the gradual rollout will spread to other countries as well in a matter of weeks.
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