Skype has started testing a new “Meet Now” feature that should make it easy to set up a group call with people who don’t use Skype. The feature is now rolling out gradually in the latest Skype Insider build 188.8.131.52, along with an improved photo sharing experience on Android and several other improvements.
Meet Now appears as a new button in the new Skype Insider build, and clicking it will open a window where you can see a call link you can share with others. Again, the nice thing is that even users without a Skype account will be able to participate to the group call, but “Meet Now” also creates a regular group chat where you can send messages to other participants.
This new Skype Insider build also brings several quality improvements, and you can learn more in the full release notes below:
Meet Now on Skype: With this new feature you will be able easily set up a call on Skype and share a link to friends, family or colleagues. They don’t even need to have a Skype account to join the call!
Improved photo sharing experience on Android: There are now new options for editing and reviewing photos and videos before sharing them on Skype.
General fixes and improvements:
- Brazil timezone is now correctly showing times in the application
- Tray icon on desktop is no longer showing as offline after startup
- Resolved an issue where using "Save as..." for files did not work
- Added support for System Dark Theme detection on Windows 10
- App notarization for MacOS 10.15
Split view mode improvements:
- Settings window gets correctly reopened when minimized
- Split view mode is persisted between logins
- Split view can be enabled and disabled in the Appearance settings
- Location sharing in Split view mode now works as expected
Also, if you are an Android user and you have problems with notifications for incoming calls and messages, please try to uninstall and reinstall the app. It should help!
You can download the last Skype Insider build for Windows, macOS, and Linux from the dedicated website. Android users can get the preview app through the Google Play Store, and Skype Preview for iOS is available through Apple's TestFlight program.