Microsoft announced today that you will no longer be required to sign in to Skype to use its features.
New York, 15th Nov., 2016, Red Newswire/-
Many services including Twitter have started providing account-free features for users across the globe. This means that users who do not have an account and who don’t wish to create one can still enjoy the services. Microsoft’s Skype is the newest platform to enter this race.
The Redmond giant announced today that users who don’t yet have a Skype account can use the new ‘Guest‘ mode for Skype that makes user accounts almost completely optional. People who have had any previous experience using Skype will know that unless you have set up your account completely, it’s quite a tedious task to start the program, log in and connect to a call.
Using the new feature is fairly simple. All you have to do is is click a link and enter your name. And voila, you can enjoy almost all the features of Skype that an account holder has at his/her disposal.
“To get started, go to Skype.com, tap start a conversation and add your name. You will then be provided with a unique conversation link. You can share this link with your contacts—either individually or as a group—via email or via your social networks. Once they click on the link, they’ll be able to join your conversation immediately. They can also join as a Guest if they’re using Skype for Web,”
the company writes in a blog post.
“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—so everyone can join the fun! You can invite up to 300 people to chat and up to 25 people on a voice or video call, all for free.”
There are only a couple of drawbacks with this feature which are so minor, you could almost ignore them. Number one is that conversations expire after 24 hours and two is that you’ll still need to log-in to call a landline or use Skype’s live translation features. Also, the service runs only on Skype.com’s web-client.
Aside from that, the new feature is something everyone without a Skype account should surely give a go.
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