Microsoft is launching a free tool to simplify video conference calls Called Skype Meetings, it’s largely similar to using the traditional Skype app, but with few features that make it easier to set up video calls and collaborate with your coworkers.
Here is how it works; The person initiating the meeting is the only one with a bit of a set up process. They’ll have to visit www.skype.com/meetings and register to use the tool, a process which should take just a minute or two.
Once set up, they can easily add members to a call simply by sharing a link with them. All participants need is a browser.
Up to 10 people can join a meeting for the first 60 days. After that, the free tier only allows 3 participants – you’ll have to sign up for Office 365 for more.
“We’re always looking for ways to help more people experience Office 365,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said, “and Skype Meetings is designed to provide small businesses with an online meeting tool that’s similar to what’s available with Skype for Business in Office 365.