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Skype video chats now open to all, no account needed

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2015October 15, 2015 12:40 pm PST

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Skype on Thursday announced a compelling new reason to use its video service over a competing option. Now, if you and friends are in a video chat and decide you want to add someone quickly, maybe someone who’s out on the road without Skype installed, or someone who might not even have a Skype account, you can.

Skype for Web now allows video chatters to send a special link to someone that lets them jump right into the call, no Skype client or account required. The link loads up Skype for Web and lets everyone with the unique link join in. “Send it however you want, in an email, on Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger or Twitter,” Skype said in a blog post.

The new feature works on Skype for Web in the U.S. and U.K., and the unique URL can be generated by folks using Skype for Windows, Web or Mac. Mobile users can join from Android, iPhone and iPad. Skype said the rest of the world will get support in the “next couple of weeks.”

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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