Skype announced that it will now be possible for people to use Skype without having a Skype account. They wanted to make it easier for people to start a conversation with a loved one or colleague as quickly as possible.
This new change appears to be aimed at people who do not currently have a Skype account. A person can join Skype as a Guest without having to register or download Skype. A Guest can go to Skype.com, tap the “Start a conversation” button, and add their name.
The Guest will be provided with a unique conversation link that they can share with their contacts. They can share it individually or as a group, via email, or through their social networks. When a person clicks on that shared link, he or she will be able to join that conversation immediately. They can also join as a Guest if they are using Skype for Web.
Guests can use all of Skype’s free features, including one to one and group messaging, voice and video calls, screen sharing, and file sharing. You can invite up to 300 people to chat and up to 25 people on a voice or video call – all for free.
When using Skype as a Guest, your conversation will last for 24 hours. If you want to return to the conversation, call a landline, mobile, or translate a conversation in real-time with Skype Translator, you will need to sign up for a free Skype account.
I think this new change will help people to stay in touch with relatives who live far away. You can now point your relative, who doesn’t use the internet very often, toward Skype’s website and start a conversation with a few clicks of a button.