Microsoft has announced that you will no longer need to have a Skype account to be able to take advantage of its features with its new Guest Mode.

We know how it is: you’re desperately trying to have that long overdue meeting with a client that’s on the other side of the country/world, or you need to talk to far-flung relatives without the hassle of having to set up a Skype account & get to grips with the interface.

To make a call, all you need to do is go to skype.com and enter a handle. You’ll receive a link which you can share with anyone, then you can start a voice or video call, group chat or share files as anyone with an account can.

Screen grab of new Skype Guest Mode

With Skype’s new Guest Mode, you will be able to interact as normal in an interface which will be familiar to anyone who’s used Skype in the past. Conversations will be saved for 24 hours, after which they will be deleted.

As much as this is a welcome addition to the Skype and broader Microsoft service offering, it’s painfully obvious how late to the party Microsoft are with this. Near enough all messaging services, with the exception of email, already support both voice and video calling.

Sound nifty? Head over to skype.com to try the new feature!