Microsoft this morning announced a new feature for Skype for Windows, Mac, and the web that lets you more easily start a conversation with others … including people who don’t use Skype.
The caveat? It’s available in the U.S. and U.K. only right now.
“Our goal has remained the same over the years: To break down communication barriers, making it easier for everyone to come together on Skype,” the Skype team explains. “Wherever you are, whatever device you have – from computer and mobile, to tablet and TV – Skype just works.”
Today, Microsoft is making it easier to start a conversation: You can now invite people to chat by sharing a unique link, which can be sent anyway you wish: Email, SMS, Messenger, whatever.
Better still, this unique link will even allow people who are not on Skype—or not using their own device—join the conversation as a guest using Skype for Web. So now you can use Skype to chat with anyone, not just the people in your Skype contact list.
This feature is debuting in Skype for Windows, Mac, and the web in the U.S. and U.K. And if you’re using the Skype mobile app on iPhone, iPad or Android, you can you can join a conversation too, using your Skype account.
This sounds pretty great. And if you live outside the U.S. and U.K., Microsoft says it will roll out this functionality to the rest of the world over the next couple of weeks.