Skype Adds Feature To Chat With People Without A Skype ID Or Client
Not having a Skype account or a downloaded client is pretty much a rarity these days, especially since Microsoft purchased Skype allowing users to sign in with their Microsoft IDs instead of creating a separate one for Skype. Even then there are a lot of people who just don’t like that extra clutter on their system or hate the fact that Skype uses too much bandwidth and instead opt for some other VOIP software.
Well it seems that Skype now has a way to attract those people as well, without the need of any download or account creation hassle. Skype users can invite others to Skype chat by sharing a unique link without having them download the client.
“Anyone can join the chat as a guest from their computer using Skype for Web and enjoy one to one or group instant messaging, voice and video calls,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “No Skype account or app download required. Now you can use Skype to chat with anyone and not just the people in your Skype contact list.”
The new feature is being made available to Skype users on Windows and Mac as well as those on the web. The feature is available in UK and US while the rest of the world will receive functionality over the next few weeks. The feature is also planned for Skype Mobile but there is no fixed release window for it yet.
After upgrading to the latest Skype, users will just have to click on the +New button next to Home and Call button on Skype client to start up the chat after which the client will provide them the unique link for that specific chat so that it can be shared with others.