Hands-on with Windows 10’s new Zoom killer feature

Windows 10 laptop
Image Courtesy: Gizmodo

Microsoft is internally testing a raft of new features for
Windows 10. This includes rounded corners, Windows 10X
WonderBar, new narrator experience, iOS-like keyboard cursor,
and another feature that will integrate free video calling
functionality directly into the taskbar of the OS.

With Build 20211, Microsoft added a new feature called “Meet
Now” to the taskbar, which lets users launch or join a video
meeting with or without Microsoft account. This was quietly
removed with another preview update released earlier this week,
but Microsoft has again reinstated the “Meet Now”
functionality.

Traditionally, to make video or voice calls from Windows 10,
you need to use the full version of Skype or third-party apps.

To use Skype, you need an account, but Windows 10’s new Meet
Now feature allows you to quickly and easily create or join the
meeting without any accounts.

In the next Windows Update, you can click on the ‘Meet Now’
icon in the taskbar and set up your meeting by generating a
link.

Others can join your meeting when you share the invite link
with attendees. Interestingly, the participants also don’t need
a Skype account to join the meeting, and it’s completely free
like Zoom.

Windows 10 Meet Now

As you can see in the above screenshot, a flyout will appear
immediately after you click on the option. Flyout allows you to
either ‘Create a meeting’ or ‘Join a meeting.’ If you want to
join a meeting, you’ll need to enter the invite code or use the
invite link.

Once done, Windows 10 will either launch the Skype app if it is
installed or automatically start the conference in Microsoft
Edge.

Skype Meet Now

Microsoft is internally testing this feature and the company
doesn’t want to talk about it yet, which means the Meet Now
integration may or may not make it into a public release.

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