Microsoft announced that a guest user doesn’t need a new account to make calls. The guest user don’t even need to download the Skype application. The real purpose of the move is to increase new users and stay step ahead of other competitors.
Microsoft says “Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made it easier than ever for you to connect with anyone on Skype, without needing to register or even download it. By joining Skype as a Guest, you can quickly chat, voice or video call without any hassle. Perfect if you’re new to Skype and want to quickly chat with someone, anywhere in the world, for free.”
To make a call, all you need to do is go to skype.com and mention a temporary username (handle) for yourself. Once done, you will get a link which can be shared with anyone and the guest user can start a voice call, video call, group chat or share files.
Microsoft might be a bit too late as WhatsApp and other applications are already killing it and have nearly forced it out of the race. While Skype was the same old bulky and slow application, others made a move and gathered enough users to go beyond Skype. Today, WhatsApp announced support for video calls, nearly matching Skypein basic features. The only way out for Skype and Microsoft is to somehow preserve its importance in the desktop territory once the competitors take on Skype in that battle.