Windows 10 users could soon be treated to a new feature which will allow them to make video calls straight from the hugely popular operating system itself. That means fans of this OS could soon be able to chat with friends or co-workers without the need for any additional software or downloads.
Video calling has always been useful but over the past six months, it’s become a vital part of modern life as more of us work from home and families distance themselves from older and vulnerable relatives due to the health crisis that has swept the world.
The hidden update, called Meet Now, was first spotted by Microsoft developer Rafael Rivera who posted a message on Twitter saying: “New in 20211: Microsoft experimenting with adding Skype “Meet Now” feature directly into the shell.”
Within the tweet was a screenshot of how the new upgrade works with a video icon clearly visible within the control panel.
Once this is clicked a window will then automatically appear asking you to ‘Create a meeting’ or ‘Join a meeting.’
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Tapping either will instantly start a call via Skype.
It’s worth noting that this is currently a test and there’s no word if, or when, Microsoft will ever release this update to the millions of Windows 10 users across the world.
In fact, an update from Rafael Rivera suggests it’s already been removed in an updated beta.
That said, this is a nice added extra from the Redmond firm and it would certainly be a welcome addition with so many of us making video calls and continue to use our homes as offices.
This new feature comes as Microsoft is rumoured to be prepping some big changes to how they rollout Windows 10 updates in the future.
It has been a bumpy ride for the Windows 10 May 2020 update, so much so that Microsoft ended up pausing the patch’s rollout for a large number of users.
From unintended knock-on effects with Google Chrome, to problems with USB printers to internet connectivity issues and compatibility troubles.
And in the aftermath of this fiasco it’s emerged that Microsoft could be switching from two big updates each year to just one.
By turning to an annual release schedule for their landmark Windows 10 updates, it would give Microsoft more time to work on the patches and iron out and issues.
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