Skype launches free one click conference calls that don't require accounts to combat Zoom
In an effort to combat Zoom, and timed well considering Zoom's recent controversies with security, Microsoft has announced and launched free conference calls via its Skype VOIP service that don't require any account sign ups to use.
The feature, which Microsoft is calling "Skype Meet Now," is described in its official support article as an easy way to "set up a collaboration space and invite both Skype contacts and friends or family who are not on Skype." The only person that needs a Skype account in order to get the meeting going is the host. Once that's done, it's a 3-step process for anyone to join your meeting without any account creation or downloads needed:
Step 1: Generate a unique call link in one click. Step 2: Share the link with anyone you want to participate in the meeting. Step 3: Respondents can click on the generated link in order to join.
All meeting calls can be recorded and are stored on Microsoft's servers for 30 days. Meet Now also supports background blurring for all participants and screen sharing. These "Meet Now" meetings are different from Skype's Group Chats functionality in how easy they are to set up, having the same title and default profile picture as opposed to requiring a customized title and participants list (which requires all of them to have Microsoft/Skype accounts) set up before creating them.
This functionality comes merely days after multiple reports about security vulnerabilities have shown up throughout the Zoom meeting software that has until now gained a prominent foothold in the enterprise video conferencing space.
In order to test out the new one click conference call feature, all you need to do is go to skype.com/en/free-conference-call/ and select "Create a free meeting."