Microsoft Sparks Skype Conversations With Web Links
No Skype? No problem. Users can now invite anyone to a Skype video or voice calls by sending a URL.Skype for Web, the browser-based version of Microsoft's communications app, can come in handy when users can't (or won't) install a Skype client on their devices. Now, it can help users better connect with practically anyone with Internet access. "We've started to roll out the ability for users to invite anyone to join a Skype chat by sharing a unique link—send it however you want, in an email, on Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger or Twitter," announced Microsoft in the Skype group's blog. "But best of all, 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." For Microsoft, the new capability removes one of the last hurdles keeping Skype users from interacting with others, non-users in this case. Earlier this month, the company took aim at the language barrier by adding its Skype Translator technology to the Windows app. Skype Translator provides on-the-fly spoken translation services for six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. Skype link recipients are not required to set up an account or download an app. "Now you can use Skype to chat with anyone and not just the people in your Skype contact list," noted the company.
Currently, the feature is limited to certain regions and device types. "You can start, share and join a conversation from Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, and Skype for Web in the U.S. and U.K. Guests can join on Skype for Web," stated Microsoft. "Additionally, if you have a Skype name and Skype downloaded on your mobile, you can join a conversation on Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android."