The pandemic has seen demand for video conferencing software skyrocket as businesses use the technology to work from home and students use it for distance learning.
However, more established services in the field such as Skype failed to capitalize on the recent boom as Zoom and other new players in the space took over the market.
While Microsoft’s enterprise communication platform Microsoft Teams has now managed to attract more business users due to its integrations with the company’s other products and its robust security features, Skype has fallen by the wayside.
Back in April, the software giant tried to give the service a boost with a new feature called Meet Now that allows users to join Skype meetings with just a link in a similar way to how Zoom works. With Meet Now, users no longer to need to install software or sign up for an account, thus making it easier to connect with family, friends and coworkers using the service.
Meet Now in the taskbar
In a blog post announcing new features in the Windows 10 Insider preview build 19042.608 (20H2), Microsoft revealed its plans to extend Skype’s Meet Now feature to Windows 10’s taskbar, saying:
“In the coming weeks, you will be able to easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking the Meet Now icon in the taskbar notification area. No sign ups or downloads needed.”
Adding this new capability to Skype’s Meet Now makes a great deal of sense as users previously had to have set up a video call using the feature by creating a link in their browser or from the Skype client itself by clicking the Meet Now Button in the left-hand sidebar.
Soon Windows 10 users will be able to set up a video call right from their taskbar which should save time and be easier to do, which could end up leading more people to use Skype Meet Now as opposed to another competing video conferencing service.