17 November 2020
Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20211 and mentioned this Cumulative Update Build brings nothing new and is rather designed to test their servicing pipeline. But Microsoft is testing several features behind and Rafael Rivera, a Microsoft developer revealed one of those experiments via a tweet. According to the developer, the company is testing a new ability so to integrate Skype’s Meet Now video conferencing feature directly into the operating system. He has also shared screenshots that show what this new ability will look like.
New in 20211: Microsoft experimenting with adding Skype "Meet Now" feature directly into the shell.— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) September 11, 2020
More info https://t.co/0gnxu3SA9p
related tfs/velocity ids 28170999 (MeetNow), 28582629 (MeetNow_Selfhost), and others, see features.txt pic.twitter.com/hayD73fW9T
The developer put no specific details on the same but BleepingComputer was able to describe it further. The feature if goes live in the future will add a small button to the Windows 10 system tray from where a user can get started.
As evident from the screenshot provided, this button will launch the Skype’s Meet Now right away when you click on it. As the tech publication describes, when clicked on, a flyout will appear, allowing you to “Create a meeting” or “Join a meeting.” Clicking on either option will launch the Skype app and automatically start the appropriate feature.
If the Skype app is not installed, Windows 10 will launch a browser to create or join a Skype website meeting from where you can create or join a meeting.
It is fair to say this browser could be Microsoft’s own Edge that can start the process. Last month it was noticed that Microsoft Edge New Tab Page now shows the Meet Now button for Skype. It was spotted in the Canary build, so the probability of it becoming a reality was less. But it was a good indication of what’s brewing inside. It was a Twitter user Florian B who spotted this Meet Now button and shared some screenshots of it in action.
BleepingComputer points out it is very possible that this feature may never land on Windows 10 or take much time to get integrated into the shell. This is because Microsoft keeps on developing and experimenting with new features and it does not mean that every feature will make the cut. But this time, it does seem like Microsoft would build the feature deep into its operating system and make it available as soon as possible.
Video conferencing apps and tools are on the rise due to the situation caused by the pandemic today. And, it is good to see that Microsoft is doing efforts to keep its offering in the upfront.
If you want to test Meet Now integration in Windows 10, BleepingComputer has a guide on the same which you can try by following the link provided below.