On Tuesday Microsoft announced a browser-based free version of Skype for small businesses group called ‘Skype Meetings’. This new tool will let users to meet with up to 10 people for the first 60 days and a maximum of three after 60 days, users have to sing up for Office 365 for more.
This would be company’s first Web-based product after the beta release of Skype for Web last year. Users can record meetings, share your screen and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people. Use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your meetings to make them more productive. Such features are already available with Skype Business but only for paid Office 365 subscription.
User initiating the meeting is the only one with a bit of a set up process. They’ll have to visit skype.com/meetings and register to use the tool. Once things are done, they can easily add members to a call simply by sharing a link with them.
With Skype Meetings, Microsoft is going to compete with Google Hangouts, which Google has deeply built into its suite of office tools. Skype Meetings feature is only for the US for now and there is no word on for other countries.