Skype has a Zoom-like video chat option, reminds everyone of its existence

Skype has a Zoom-like video chat option, reminds everyone of its existence

Are you familiar with Skype?

Yes, the telecommunications company would want to remind you that they are very much still alive.

Considered as the OG in the business, Skype is known for providing video calls and voice calls between computers, smartphones, Xbox One console, and smartwatches over the internet.

But not just that, Skype also provides instant messaging services.

And since this staying at home is very much still strictly implemented, people who work from home take it to the internet to continue going through work despite the situation.

That’s why usage for apps that provide such services has drastically increased, particularly Zoom.

Usage of the app Zoom has drastically increased over the past few weeks
Usage of the app Zoom has drastically increased over the past few weeks

The bad news?

Attackers have taken advantage of Zoom’s popularity. Security researchers warn that users take extra caution over the app.

Zoom faces security flaw wherein hackers crash into video and audio calls with permission, disrupting calls in the process. And just recently, attackers have been able to acquire Windows login credentials without the knowledge of the users.

However, the recent security flaw did not deter Zoom users.

But where is Skype is all of this?

Skype reminds everyone of its existence

Skype still exist with Zoom-like features that you can use
Skype still exist with Zoom-like features that you can use

Amidst the recent boom in FaceTime, Zoom, and other similar apps due to the coronavirus necessitated social distancing, Skype has been nowhere to be heard of.

Read: 8 Best Tech Products To Keep You Occupied During Quarantine

But on Friday, Skype kindly reminded the world of its existence in a tweet. And the app has the Zoom-like features called ‘Meet Now.’

What’s more? The app does not require users to have a Skype account or the app itself. So, there’d be no hassle in using the app huh?

The tweet includes a six-second looping video that proves its existence. Also, the link to the feature was included in the tweet.

Skype’s ‘Meet Now’ feature lets you generate a meeting URL that you can send to participants.

'Meet Now' feature lets you host conference meetings with just one click
‘Meet Now’ feature lets you host conference meetings with just one click

How it works, is so easy.

Skype’s ‘Meet Now’ allows you to host conference calls. All you need to do is to generate a free unique link with just one click.

After that, you can share the link with the participants. You then enjoy unlimited video calls via Skype.

Additionally, according to Microsoft, the meeting link does not expire and can be used at any time of the day. Microsoft is the tech giant that owns Skype.

We smell some competition…

Skype says that users will be able to leverage their features during video conferences.

Such includes the ability to record your call and save it for later and Skype stores your recording for 30 days. Also, you can blur your background just before joining the call.

Now, that is helpful for those who haven’t had the time to tidy up their homes or home office because of small kids always creating a mess, don’t you think?

And not just that, you can also share your screen at any time. This makes it easier to collaborate with workmates and share presentations with a group with no hassle.

2 Comments

  1. Both Skype and Zoom are good. Other alternatives which businesses can use are Webex, R-HUB HD video conferencing servers etc. They work well for conducting online video conferences.

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