Skype has opened up its service so even people without accounts can chat to each other for free.
The Microsoft-owned business now lets Skype.com visitors quickly use text, voice and video calls even if they don’t register with the website or download the app.
“By joining Skype as a guest, you can quickly chat, voice or video call without any hassle. It’s perfect if you’re new to Skype and want to quickly chat with someone, anywhere in the world, for free,” Skype said.
Guests can invite up to 300 people to chat or as many as 25 to a voice or video call, where they can also share their screen and files.
Users need to go to Skype.com, click on “start a conversation” and enter their name to get a unique conversation link. They can then share this link with anyone via email or social networks. As soon as the recipients click on the link they will join the conversation and can start chatting.
When using Skype as a guest, the conversation will last for 24 hours. If users want to return to the conversation, call a landline or mobile, or translate a conversation in real-time with Skype Translator, they will need to sign up for a free Skype account.
Skype’s decision to open up its service comes just days before Microsoft’s Skype-a-thon event, which is held every year across the world.
This year, on November 29 and 30, Skype is aiming to help connect classrooms across the world and achieve three million miles of calls.