It turned out that Microsoft is working on a new online conferencing application called “Meet Now” that will rival Zoom. With the feature that will be added to the taskbar with Build 20211, users will be able to participate in meetings without the need for an account.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, interest in online video conferencing applications has also increased as people are confined to their homes. In this process, Zoom application has become one of the most popular online conferencing applications by doubling the number of users. However, it turned out that Microsoft was working on a feature that could bring Zoom to an end.
This feature, called “Meet Now”, which Microsoft will bring to the Windows 10 operating system, offers users great practicality despite its very simple structure. The online conferencing application, which will be added to the taskbar with Build 20211, will allow users to start or join a video meeting with or without a Microsoft account.
It is possible to attend meetings without needing an account:
Nowadays, to make video or audio calls in Windows 10, you have to turn to Skype or other third party apps. At this point, it is necessary to have an account to use Skype, but thanks to the “Meet Now” feature of Windows 10, it will be possible to create or join a meeting quickly and easily without any account.
Anyone who is currently in beta and has an invitation link in Meet Now, which will be added to Windows 10’s taskbar, will be able to join the meetings. However, to join a meeting, you will need to enter the invitation code in the relevant tab or use the invitation link.
At this point, participants will not need any Skype account to join the meeting, and the application will be completely free, just like Zoom. Once the call is accepted, the conversation will open in the Skype desktop client, if installed, or the Skype web app in Edge.
Microsoft has not made any statements about its new feature, which is still in the testing phase. For this reason, we do not know whether or when the feature will be released for everyone.