Microsoft recently released a web based version of skype called Skype meetings. The free version allows you to have up to 10 people in the video call for the first 60 days. After the first 60 days you get up to 3 attendees per call. In addition to basic group chatting you can also present a desktop, PowerPoint presentations and IM during the video call. This is available to anyone in the US with a business email address. Here’s the catch – you cannot already have an Office 365 subscription. After signing up you can start sending a link for others to join. Plus, you can invite people that don’t have a Skype account.
Who is it good for?
Skype meetings would be a great fit for small businesses who only need the basic Skype functions every once in a while. It????????s also a great way to test out the functionality of skype before going with the full version or getting an office 365 subscription. Skype meetings doesn????????t offer scheduling meetings out of outlook or starting video chats out of word. Offering this for free is Microsoft’s way to entice small business users to go with Skype for business in office 365. Going with office 365 gets you all of the other office apps and integration with skype in those apps. Check out the announcement for more details!