Skype: Meet Now
How to start making a video call in Skype
Recently Skype introduced Meet Now to create instant, free and unlimited video calls for up to 50 people: You do not need to have a Skype account or download the Skype app for Meet Now. However participants wishing to use the Skype on the web must use either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.
- Using either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge go to the Skype website at https://skype.com and click on Meet Now (Create a free meeting)
If you cannot see this from the Skype home page, select 'Products' from the menu and click 'Meet now'
- To start immediately simply click 'Create a free meeting'. You can change the meeting name to one of your choice.
- A unique meeting link will be created. Meeting links have no expiration date so you can create your meetings ahead and join anytime.
- You can 'Share invite' send the link via social media apps or email.
- Click Start call to begin the meeting. You will be prompted to 'Open Skype'. If you do not want to use the app and would like to use your browser, click Cancel.
- You can Sign in using your own credentials if you have a Skype account, or Join as guest.
- If you join as guest enter your name. The guest account will last for 24 hours. Then click 'Join'.
- The Skype Web client will start. Switch Video and Audio on.
- The meeting will begin. Up to 50 people can join. You can record your call which will be saved by Skype for up to 30 days. You can also share your screen and your files.
Troubleshooting Meet Now
- When a participant clicks on a Meet Now link a browser will open and prompt the user to join a Skype conversation, as a guest or by signing in to Skype.
If the participant sees the following window...
...and only sees the option to Download Skype or launch Skype, the user needs to copy and open the link in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
By default a Mac or iOS device will open a link in the Safari web browser and in Windows, a link may open by default in Internet Explorer.
Do remember Meet Now links are 'open' meaning anyone who knows the link can join the meeting, and anyone who is in the meeting can block or mute other participants.