Despite the fact that Skype is one of the best video conferencing tools currently available in the market, the Skype team is still facing tough competition from its competitors. In the wake of new competition during the Coronavirus pandemic, the company is promoting Skype’s features to be secure and user-friendly solutions.
Skype Promotes ‘Meet Now’ Feature To Compete With Zoom
Notably, Zoom’s popularity suddenly increased as more and more people started to work from home. But at the same time, the company is dealing with growing user’s concerns about its data handling practices. To take advantage of this situation, Microsoft is finding new ways to position its application as a safer alternative to Zoom.
Last year, the Skype team started to test its “Meet Now” feature that allows users to join a video call without creating a Skype account. Microsoft describes the Meet Now feature as follows:
“Meet Now appears as a new button in the new Skype Insider build, and clicking it will open a window where you can see a call link you can share with others. Again, the nice thing is that even users without a Skype account will be able to participate to the group call, but “Meet Now” also creates a regular group chat where you can send messages to other participants.”
Some Privacy Concerns Over Skype’s Meet Now Feature
While Skype’s Meet now feature seems to be a better alternative to Zoom, providing a hassle-free experience to set up meetings. But some people are probably still concerned about security and privacy issues. Someone expressed the concern on Microsoft support forums:
“Is there a way to prevent “Zoombombing” in Skype Meet Now by adding another layer of protection/privacy to a Meet Now url? I’m not that concerned about somebody guessing the URL as I am about somebody “intercepting” the URL.
For example, if a URL is accidentally “leaked” then it would be useful to be able to set/change the password and protect the recording from being accessed to people who were not invited in the first place.”
In response to the request, a Microsoft representative said that “the feature is currently not available on the regular version of Skype”. However, it remains to be seen how the Skype team considers incorporating the feature request in the coming weeks. Needless to say, something like this would help Microsoft to promote Meet Now as a privacy centered feature.
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