Microsoft is testing a new built-in feature Video conferencing Functionality directly in the Windows 10 operating system.
The feature is available with Windows 10 Preview Build 20211 and adds an icon to the system tray that allows users to either start or join a video meeting using Skype’s Meet Now feature.
Meet Now allowed Skype Users can create “Collaboration Spaces” that attendees can access with a unique link, whether or not they have a Skype account. Once inside, users can text chat or make video and voice calls.
Clicking the new icon will activate either the native Skype application or the online client of the service.
Windows 10 video conferencing
Video conferencing platforms have enjoyed immense popularity since the turn of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the rise in remote working.
Zooming In particular, was a clear beneficiary of the pandemic, as national lockdowns were used to elevate the platform to cult status.
As a result, the company’s second quarter revenue increased 355% to $ 663.5 million. The company now has around 370,200 customers with more than 10 employees – an increase of around 458% over the previous year.
By making it easier to create and participate in video conferencing, Microsoft hopes the new Windows 10 feature will help bring down the fall Zooming off its rack.
The move to integrate a Skype feature in Windows 10 is somewhat surprising, however, as the company has pushed it Microsoft teams as the leading platform for video conferencing and collaboration since the beginning of the pandemic.
Skype itself is supposed to be folded Teams Just before Skype for Business Online fully retired on July 31, 2021. For example, since September last year, new Microsoft 365 customers have been accepted directly into teams.
Microsoft has not yet responded to our request to clarify whether the new Windows 10 Skype function will be replaced by a team equivalent at a later date.
For those keen to try out the new feature, join the Windows Insider Program’s Dev Channel, which gives members access to the latest Windows 10 builds.
As with other features introduced on the Dev Channel, it is possible that the new video conferencing tool will never be included in a full public build.
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