The Skype team announced a new feature today making it easier for a Skype user to start a conversation with anyone, regardless if they have a Skype account or not.
With the new feature, users can invite anyone to a conversation by sharing a unique link for that conversation. The unique link can be sent to anyone through whatever medium you choose, be it email, social media or even other messaging apps. The recipient can then open the link to join the conversation from the latest Skype app, even Skype for Web. What makes this interesting is that the recipient isn’t required to have a Skype account. They can simply join the conversation as a guest, choosing their own name specifically for that conversation.
Currently, you can only start, share and join a conversation from Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, and Skype for Web in the US and UK. The Skype team says that the feature will be rolling out to ”the rest of the world over the next couple of weeks.” But the ability to join conversations extends to Skype for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
To give the new feature a try, open up Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, or Skype for Web, and click +New. Then click Share Conversation to get the unique link for your new conversation. You can then share the link however you like and start chatting away without a Skype account being required on the other end.
What do you think of this latest feature and other new capabilities of Skype like Skype for Web and real time translation?Further reading: Microsoft, Skype