Microsoft has announced a new feature which will allow users to invite anyone to join Skype chat sessions by sharing a unique link. The invitee doesn’t needs to have a working skype account to join the chat, and can come aboard by employing Skype for web as a guest.
The link for the invite can be shared through WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter or even Email.
Microsoft describes this feature as a small change which will make a big difference on how people use Skype every day.
“Anyone can join the chat as a guest from their computer using Skype for Web and enjoy one to one or group instant messaging, voice and video calls. No Skype account or app download required. Now you can use Skype to chat with anyone and not just the people in your Skype contact list.”
Last week Microsoft released previews of Skype for Business for Office 365, and now with this change, it’s absolutely clear that the company is laying more emphasis on Skype-related services, especially for video.
In a research note published on Seeking Alpha, Dallas Salazar, the chief analyst at CapGainr.com writes that “basically, this puts Skype for Business on-par with [Google] Hangouts from a tech capacity/use case standpoint. When Microsoft updates Skype for Business to be inclusive of the productivity suite access, this will then become my go-to video app. That’s going to be a game changer for me.”
He further added, “This also is the next important evolution of video chat to pay very close attention to — the buildout of cross-sell capacity” with Office 365 and the new Surface Hub.”