Using Skype has just got easier for anyone in the world as Microsoft announced a new update to Skype for Web: Guest Account. If you don’t have a Skype account but still need to start a conversation with someone quickly, you can do it without entering the password or downloading the app.
Originally introduced in October 2015 to UK and US users, guest access feature is now available to everyone around the world. If you don’t have an account or the app installed on your smartphone- no problem. Just head to Skype.com and hit “Start a conversation,” and type your name. You’ll get a unique link, which you have to copy and share with whomever via a social network or email. Anyone who clicks the link can join the conversation using the app or the website. Up to 300 people can connect via chat, but voice or video calling is limited to 25 people.
You can only generate a link as a guest via a computer browser and the conversation will last for 24 hours before disappearing. If you need to get back to the conversation, make a call or translating a conversation using Skype translator, you’ll need to sign in or get a free account.
This is, no doubt a great addition to the service, but what concerns me who wants to get a link to start a conversation in Skype when they can just start chatting or tap a button to call via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and so on. Let’s see how many people actually end up using this service.