Company re-states its mission to get everyone to say hello to a new person each day.
Skype is rolling out a new feature that will allow anyone, including those that do not have a Skype account to join in using a unique link through email, social media or a messing service.
Users in the United States and the United Kingdom can use the new feature, starting, joining or sharing a conversation through the Windows or Mac desktop or Skype for Web. You just need to be sure your version of Skype is the latest and is up to date.
In a statement on skype.com, the company says its goal in the beginning was to get the whole world talking, and they hoped to get everyone to say hello to one new person each day.
The announcement of the new feature means the company is still working towards that goal, opening up its service to users of Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Twitter. The company says no download of software is necessary, since you can use Skype for Web to join a conversation.
Right now it is only available in the US and the UK, but the company says they will be rolling it out to the rest of the world over the next few weeks and will also be bringing the ability to start a conversation and share a link from mobile devices in the near future.
In announcing their plans on the Skype blog, the company said, “Today, we’re excited to announce something new – a small change that will make a big difference to how people use Skype every day. We’ve started to roll-out the ability for users to invite anyone to join a Skype chat by sharing a unique link – send it however you want, in an email, on Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger or Twitter.
“But best of all, 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,” the statement continued. “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.”
In the last month, Skype added a feature, named Mojis, to allow users to add short clips form TV shows and movies when words can’t fill the bill.
The Windows-owned company recently added Translator to its Windows desktop Skype app, a feature that can translate 50 languages via Skype’s instant text messaging.