Microsoft-owned Skype has announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a new feature, that lets anyone use the service as a “Guest”, even without registering for an account. By joining Skype as a Guest, users can quickly chat, voice or video call without any hassle. The feature is ideal for those who don’t use Skype on regular basis, and want to have a chat session with someone for free, anywhere in the world.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made it easier than ever for you to connect with anyone on Skype, without needing to register or even download it.
To get started, go to Skype.com, tap start a conversation and add your name. You will then be provided with a unique conversation link. You can share this link with your contacts—either individually or as a group—via email or via your social networks. Once they click on the link, they’ll be able to join your conversation immediately.
Your invited contacts can also join as Guests if they’re using Skype for Web. Best of all, users can still enjoy all of Skype’s features, including one to one and group instant messaging, voice and video calls, screen sharing as well as file sharing. You can invite up to 300 people to chat and up to 25 people on a voice or video call, all for free.
To start a conversation as a Guest, you’ll need to use a web browser from a computer. Anyone can join the conversation from any Skype client or as a Guest using Skype for Web. Skype notes that when using the service as a Guest, the conversation will last for 24 hours.
To try out the new feature right now, head over to Skype.com.