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You can now use Skype even if you don’t have a Skype account. In an effort to try and get more people using Skype, Microsoft has opened up its core features to anyone and everyone. In other words, you could use Skype as a Guest from now on, and never have to sign in again. Result!
Previously, in order to use Skype you had to create an account and then either stay signed in or sign in before starting a conversation. But that’s no longer the case. Now, anyone can start a conversation by joining Skype as a Guest.
All you need to do is go to Skype.com, click “Start a conversation,” and type your name. You will then be given a unique link to your conversation, which you can then share with others via email or social networking sites. Anyone clicking the link will be added to the conversation, and they can choose to either sign in or also join as a Guest.
What You Can and Can’t Do as a Guest
Anyone joining Skype as a Guest can enjoy all of Skype’s free features. This includes one-to-one messaging, group messaging (for up to 300 people), voice and video chats (for up to 25 people at once), screen-sharing, and file-sharing. Which should cover most people’s needs.
However, there are some limitations. Conversations will only last for 24 hours, so once they’ve gone, they’ve gone. You also can’t call a landline or mobile number or make use of Skype Translator. The option to join Skype as a Guest is also only available on Skype.com.
Bringing Skype Back to its Former Glory
Skype was once the be-all and end-all when it came to online messaging. And then it wasn’t. However, Microsoft is slowly but surely building Skype back up to its former glory, and opening Skype up to those without accounts is another big step on that journey.
Do you regularly use Skype? If so, why do you use Skype over the competition? If not, what don’t you like about Skype? Will you now use Skype as a Guest to save you from creating, or signing into, an account? Please let us know in the comments below!
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