Skype has a Zoom-like video call function called 'Meet Now'

Yolanda Curtis
April 6, 2020

Skype has finally coughed up a response to Zoom, the video conferencing app that has practically gone viral in times of the coronavirus lockdown. The link can be shared with a group or individual to start the video call.

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.

In the aughts and early 2010s, Skype dominated the world of video calling. Even the host doesn't need to have Skype installed - you can start the process from its website right here - and then invite people either using a simple link or the share button. Microsoft acknowledged Skype Meet Now in passing at its big consumer services launch this week, though Redmond seems to be pushing Microsoft Teams-with its own integrated video and chat features, even for consumers-far more enthusiastically than the Skype application. Other users can click on the link and join the meeting through the Skype app. Users who do not have the Skype app or a Skype account can still join the meeting through Skype's web platform.

Microsoft did mention that you will need either the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser for it to work. Notably, unlike Zoom video meeting links this one doesn't expire at any given point.

The call recordings of meetings generated through the Meet Now platform will be stored on the platform for 30 days and the media shared in the chat "even longer", according to Skype.

Or if not, perhaps you've used Zoom to video call with family or friends to stay connected while also staying at home, or you're a student whose class is using Zoom to deliver educational supports while school is now out.

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