You can now jump into Skype calls through Windows Search and Edge

Windows Search

Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion back in 2011 when
Zoom and Snapchat were founded. Back in the old days, Skype was
the main way consumers and businesses remained in touch over
the internet.

Skype looked like it would become Microsoft’s flagship product
for its chat services across consumers and businesses until
Microsoft Teams arrived.

While Skype is still being maintained for consumers, Microsoft
has already announced that they will retire Skype for Business
on July 31st, 2021. All business customers signing up for
Office 365 are automatically advised to use Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft says Skype isn’t going away and the service is used
by more than half a billion people. Over a hundred million
people use Skype on a monthly basis and the journey
“continues”, Microsoft said.

Microsoft is now testing a new feature on the new tab page of
Microsoft Edge and Windows Search that would make it easier for
you to jump into a Skype call. Both Windows Search and
Microsoft Edge now have a “Meet now” button appear on the front
page.

Windows Search

When you click on the “Meet now” button, you can now jump
straight into a web-based Skype call. With this feature, you
can quickly and easily create a virtual meeting using Skype
Meet Now.

This will also allow you to set up your meeting by generating
and sharing a link with the other attendees.

Skype Meet Now

In fact, other participants don’t need a Skype account to join
your meeting and several other features are included in the
full version or when you use the Windows 10 app.

The participants can join through:

  • Skype program.
  • Web.
  • Skype app.

Once you’re in a meeting, you can view a list of participants
and access the chats synced to Skype. You can also turn the
camera and microphone on or off, and share or your record your
screen and calls.

Like other video conferencing services, Skype Meet allows you
to share files, create polls, and collaborate with
participants.

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