Microsoft has updated Skype with a much-needed feature: A Web-based guest interface that lets you make and receive calls without the need to download the desktop app or register for an account.
To make a call, all you need to do is point your browser to skype.com and enter a handle. You’ll receive a link that you can share with anyone, and you can then start a voice or video call, group chat, and share files.
Naturally, your contact will be able to interact with you the same way when they visit the link you’ve shared, in an interface that will be familiar to anyone who’s used Skype in the past. Conversations last for 24 hours, after which they’re wiped clean.
While that’s good to see on Skype, it’s clear that Microsoft is awfully late to the game. Barring email, most messaging apps that you might consider using to share this Skype call link already support voice and video calls.
If that still sounds useful to you, you can try the new feature by visiting skype.com.