With the rise of free video conferencing tools, Microsoft is
increasingly pushing Skype’s Meet Now feature across its
products. The Insider preview builds recently added the
Zoom-killer feature to the taskbar and the same Meet now
experience is now rolling out to everyone using Windows 10
version 20H2 or older.
With the new dedicated “Meet Now” option in the system tray of
the taskbar, you can now quickly make and join calls inside the
Skype app or Microsoft Edge.
The new Meet Now will show two options – Join a meeting or
create a meeting. Upon tapping on “new meeting” option, you’ll
be taken to Skype web in Microsoft Edge with basic details like
invite link, your name, and who is in the call.
There’s also the option to invite others with a code or invite
Before you’re in the call, you can change your camera and audio
(mic) preference. You can add more participants to the meeting
and no Skype account is required.
This Meet experience in Microsoft Edge will launch the Skype
app if you have it installed.
In addition, Microsoft has started pushing the same meet now
feature to Outlook web app (browser version). Unlike Windows
10’s Meet Now, Outlook’s Meet Now will allow users to conduct
instant Teams meeting from the Calendar tab.
Windows 10’s Meet Now experience is currently limited to Skype,
but it’s possible that Microsoft will also allow users to
launch Microsoft Teams meeting directly from the taskbar in
Needless to say, the new Skype-based meeting experience will
help Windows 10 users connect with their friends and family
without configuring Microsoft account. Overall, it’s also good
to see that Microsoft is still committed to Skype, especially
when Microsoft Teams is more popular.
If you don’t like the new Skype Meet Now button in the taskbar,
you can disable it by following these steps:
- Open Settings > System > Personalization.
- Open ‘Taskbar’.
- In the taskbar page, click on ‘Select which icons to appear
on the taskbar’.
- Turn off the Meet Now option.