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What Is Meet Now In Windows 10 and How to Use it

What Is Meet Now In Windows 10

Meet Now is a communication platform created by Microsoft for Windows 10, which gives you access to the conferencing features of Skype. Meet Now in Windows 10 is integrated with Skype making it part of its platform.

Just like Zoom on Gmail, Meet Now allows its users to easily and quickly start video chatting from your browser without downloading or signing up or in any Skype app or account. All the participants require when using this feature is a device with a working microphone and video camera, a supported browser (Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge), and a link to the meeting.

Therefore, it is important to ensure that your Windows 10 microphone and video camera are working fine.

You can read our guide on Microphone not Working Issue on Windows 10 and Testing Webcam on Windows 10, to ensure you are all set to proceed further with Meet Now.

In Windows 10, Meet Now appears as a camera button in the notification area of the Windows taskbar. However, only the updated version of Windows (10th May 2020 and higher releases) support this communication platform.

In this article, we will take you through a systematic guide on:

  • Enabling Meet Now and setting a Windows 10 default browser
  • Starting a video call/chat/meeting using the Meet Now Skype feature on Windows 10
  • Joining a video call/chat/meeting using the Meet Now Skype feature on Windows 10

Enabling Meet Now and setting a Windows 10 default browser

By default, the Meet Now Skype feature comes preinstalled in the notification area of the taskbar. However, if this is not the case, you can manually enable it from the settings page of the Taskbar.

To enable Meet Now, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings>Personalization>Taskbar.
  2. From the Taskbar page, just under the Notification area, select the Turn system icons on or off option.
  3. Turn the toggle switch besides Meet Now on.

Upon completion of the above steps, the Meet Now feature should now be visible in the taskbar’s notification area.

Setting a Default Browser

Once you have enabled the communication feature, setting a supported browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge should be your next step as it is a prerequisite for Meet Now Skype feature to work.

Unfortunately, Mozilla Firefox is not supported and thus cannot work with the Meet Now Skype feature.

Starting a video call/chat/meeting using the Meet Now Skype feature on Windows 10

Here are the steps for starting a video call/chat/meeting from your Windows 10 taskbar:

  1. In the taskbar, click on the Meet Now icon.
  2. Select the Create a meeting option, which will open your default browser and start a new meeting session.
  3. You will be prompted to confirm your name/nickname (a name others can identify you with).
  4. On the link generated on the Meet Now window, click on the Copy link button. Optionally, you can also click on the Share invite button, which will provide you with options of sending the link to others from which they can join the meeting session.
  5. Send the link to those you wish to communicate with either via text, email, or social media.
  6. Once you are through with the above steps, you can proceed by clicking the Start Meeting button.

Joining a video call/chat/meeting using the Meet Now Skype feature on Windows 10

To proceed to join a Meet Now session, follow these steps:

  1. In the taskbar, click on the Meet Now icon.
  2. Select the Join a meeting option.
  3. Paste the link shared to you in the box labeled MEETING LINK OR CODE.
  4. Skype may prompt you for camera and microphone access confirmation, which you should allow.
  5. Proceed by clicking on the Join Meeting button.

After you have completed the steps above, you should be now all set to start conversing with your colleagues, friends, or family.

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