During the never-ending coronavirus pandemic, video calling became real popular, real fast. Skype, though, which happens to be one of the original video calling programs, has been almost totally absent. Then, everyone and their mom launched a video calling platform and Zoom suddenly became a household name.
So, soon Microsoft will be beta testing this new feature. It will be adding a ‘Meet Now’ item on the taskbar. There’s gonna be a button that you can click in the notification area in the corner. All you have to do is click that button, then you will be able to place calls. We aren’t 100% sure if this is only a feature for Windows users that use Skype, or just Windows users in general. We will, however, find out ‘in the coming weeks.’
Overall, I think this is a good thing. I am aware of the fact that it’s more bloat and junk built into Windows, but I’m sure it can be disabled. Like Cortana can. This is the latest in a round of consolidations that we have seen in major operating systems. As things get more advanced, more and more needs to be added to the core package. I remember a time when Windows just came with a calculator, minesweeper, and a few other basic things. Rolling Skype into the mix is going to be interesting.