Microsoft brings a quick video call button to the Windows 10 system tray

Microsoft is bringing a “Meet Now” icon to the system tray on the latest version of Windows 10 so users can quickly set up a video call and invite their friends and colleagues to virtually discuss things. The new development comes more than half a year after the Redmond company introduced the Meet Now feature on Skype, which allows users to start a virtual group conversation without the need for an app or login. Up-and-coming gamers, including Zoom, have seen a significant spike in their adoption during the pandemic. However, Skype has not seen any major growth. Microsoft’s latest move is therefore a strategy to increase Skype usage.

First, Microsoft provides Meet Now in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19042.608 (KB4580364) taskbar. The new Windows 10 version is also available in the beta channel for initial tests. However, if all goes well, it seems that Microsoft will be able to bring the new experience to all Windows 10 users in the future to come.

“In the coming weeks, it’s easy to set up a video call and reach out to friends and family right away by clicking the Meet Now icon in the notification area of ​​the system tray,” said Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft’s senior program manager wrote in a blog post announcing the new Windows 10 update.

Last month, Microsoft rolled out the Meet Now button for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel. These tests supposedly helped the Windows maker bring the same experience to beta testers.

According to a Support page On the Microsoft website, the “Meet Now” icon in the system tray is already available in Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909 via version KB4580386. However, users of the latest Windows 10 version still need to get the new feature.

Skype got the Meet Now feature in April, which allows users to quickly make a video call and invite their contacts directly through a link – without the need for a specific app or signing up. The experience is similar to inviting someone to a virtual meeting on Zoom. The recipients of the invitations can join a call via their web browser with Skype for Web or even prohibit their microphone and camera and simply hear or see the video on their systems.

In addition to making room for the Meet Now icon, Microsoft has made a huge number of fixes and improvements through the latest Windows 10 build available to Insiders using the October 2020 update 20H2 or Windows 10.

The Windows 10 update fixes issues using Group Policy settings to configure the home page in Internet Explorer. It also fixes the untrusted URL navigation issue in Internet Explorer by opening them in Microsoft Defender Application Guard using Microsoft Edge. Similarly, the update addresses the issue affecting developer tools in Microsoft Edge for remote debugging on a Windows 10 computer.

Microsoft has also given administrators the option to use a group policy to enable the Save target as for users in Microsoft Edge IE mode. The update also includes fixes for displaying incorrect CPU frequencies and DDE apps. Also, the problem with starting Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) on ARM64 devices has been fixed. A deadlock in the Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCPIP) driver that is limiting the performance of the operating system has also been fixed.


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