Skype has announced that it won’t require people to register for an account or download the software to use it as a guest, in a move clearly designed to broaden the reach of the platform.
Skype, which has been owned by Microsoft for five years, said in a blog post that the change means that anyone wanting to use the service for a text chat or video call can do so far more easily.
“We’re excited to announce that we’ve made it easier than ever for you to connect with anyone on Skype, without needing to register or even download it. By joining Skype as a Guest, you can quickly chat, voice or video call without any hassle,” the firm said.
Users can now just visit Skype.com and set up a conversation. It is then possible to share the link with a contact, either with an individual or for a group chat, and set up a conversation.
All the regular Skype features, such as screen and file sharing, will be available, and the link will last for 24 hours.
“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. You can invite up to 300 people to chat and up to 25 people on a voice or video call, all for free,” the firm said.
However, Skype added that the service will not work for communications made between Skype and mobile or landline numbers, or with the Skype Translator service.
Microsoft has created a video showing the service in action, embedded below.
Real-time collaboration is becoming key to many business services. Microsoft recently unveiled the Teams service that is designed to rival Slack by integrating a lightweight chat client to use as an addition to email.
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