Skype Introduces New ‘Meet Now’ Feature to Rival Zoom, Allows Quick Video Conference Calls

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Any user can start a free conference call with this feature
  • This unique link never expires, and can be used anytime
  • It is not a mandate to have a Skype account or download the app

Skype has introduced a new quick and easy way to conduct conference video calls, with the Microsoft-owned service probably making the move to compete with popularity of Zoom and Houseparty. The company is calling this new feature Meet Now, and it enables the host to start a group conversation without downloading the app or sign ups. Meet Now enables the user to generate a unique link with just one click, and this link can be shared with others whom the host wishes to invite. The group call can then start seamlessly, with all Skype features available during the video conference. With this feature, Skype looks to combat competition from Zoom as the latter has gained a lot of traction recently. After several countries enforced social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus, video apps like Zoom and Houseparty have gained sudden popularity.

Skype has introduced a new free conference call service called Meet Now that enables users to start a video group call easily. It doesn’t require parties to sign up or download Skype. The admin needs to just generate a free unique link with one click, share it with participants and begin the meeting. The other user doesn’t need to have Skype installed on their devices either, to be able to join the meeting. The link opens up in your browser, and starts the call immediately. Interestingly, this link never expires, and can be used anytime.

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