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Microsoft launches Skype Meet Now

Skype Meet Now is Microsoft's effort to make Skype calls as easy as possible

With countless people presently connecting via online video and chat, Skype is promoting Skype Meet Now, a totally free, basic way of connecting via Skype without a subscription or even a download.

Revealed Friday, Skype Meet Now is essentially a web-based variation of Skype, with additional conveniences: a permanent link that you can toss into a text message or email, background blurring, and even a kept cloud recording of the call and files. Users can go to the Skype Meet Now web page, click the Create a totally free meeting link, and get a shared conference link to send out to pals.

Skype Meet Now debuted as a Skype Expert feature in December, and has actually now emerged into the primary release cycle. Microsoft acknowledged Skype Meet Now in passing at its big customer services release this week, though the company seems to be pressing Microsoft Teams-- with its own integrated video and chat functions, even for customers-- much more enthusiastically than the Skype application.

Still, consumers are reaching out with Skype, whose use has escalated recently while large swaths of the United States is safeguarding in place. Similar to the surge in appeal of its rival Zoom, Skype has actually seen an increase to 40 million daily users, up 70 percent month over month in March, Microsoft said recently.

Utilizing Skype Meet Now is simple: You produce a complimentary meeting, and Skype will release its web app if you don't currently have the Skype app installed. Because the conference link does not end, you can reuse it. Calls can be recorded optionally and accumulated to one month, Microsoft says, and shared media will be held "even longer," according to the business. Up to 50 individuals might be invited.

Microsoft's Skype Meet Now needs either the "brand-new" Chromium-based Edge or Google Chrome itself, Microsoft said.

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