Friday, August 14, 2020

Zoom vs Skype: Microsoft pushes Meet Now for video calls

Skype has begun to push it’s newest feature “Meet Now” to provide a hassle-free video calling service. They have begun this in light of the recent outbreak and to go head-to-head with Zoom.

Skype has used Twitter recently to advertise its new feature by stating, “a simple, hassle-free way to connect with the important people in your life on #Skype, no sign-ups or downloads required.”

This new feature had been rolled out in December, but Microsoft has been juggling the Meet Now feature during this COVID-19 pandemic. Skype’s Meet Now feature doesn’t require you to set up a host or create an account. It also doesn’t require a download. All you need to do is send a link via email. This will then prompt you to chat in either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft has updated its user number for Skype after years of not doing so. They claim that Skype now has 40 million users utilizing the app every day. It is up 70% since February. Also, it’s being claimed that they have over 200 million active users over the last six months. This compared to Zoom, which back in December had 10 million, and as of March are now at 200 million users.

Microsoft is focusing more on its Microsoft Teams app over Skype, announcing that new features are coming. Some of these features they plan to add are chat and video calls, along with the ability to collaborate with friends and family.

Meanwhile, Zoom is still in the midst of security and privacy issues that were brought up recently in a civil lawsuit.

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