Microsoft Reminds the World That Skype Exists

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Skype with 40 Comments

With usage of the insecure Zoom platform skyrocketing, Microsoft is offering up Skype as a safer and just as free alternative.

And to be clear, no, Microsoft hasn’t added any new features to Skype so that it matches Zoom’s feature-set. It’s simply reminding people that Skype does exist and that it provides most of the same benefits as its less secure competitor.

“[Skype provides] easy video meetings with no sign-ups or downloads,” a new page on the Skype website explains. “Generate your free unique link with one click, share it with participants and enjoy unlimited meetings with Skype.”

Benefits include:

  • Your meeting link does not expire and can be used anytime.
  • Free conference calls
  • No sign ups
  • No downloads
  • Record your call and save it for later review
  • Blur your background before entering the call
  • Share your screen whenever necessary

Skype works on the web, on mobile, and on desktop. In fact, you can click a link on that page to start a free Skype meeting right now. Best of all, Skype isn’t riddled with security holes, as is Zoom, which suffers from yet another security issue almost every day, it seems.

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