Using Skype for a quick chat or video call just got a whole lot easier. Microsoft has announced that anyone can now use Skype right away as a guest user without registering an account or even downloading the Skype application itself. The purpose of the move is to allow anyone to fire up a quick chat, even if one of the participants doesn't have time to sign up for an account.

From Microsoft:

Today, we're excited to announce that we've made it easier than ever for you to connect with anyone on Skype, without needing to register or even download it. By joining Skype as a Guest, you can quickly chat, voice or video call without any hassle. Perfect if you're new to Skype and want to quickly chat with someone, anywhere in the world, for free.

Getting started with a guest conversation is pretty easy, overall. You simply need to head to Skype.com, click "Start a conversation" and then enter your name. From there, you'll be given a unique link that you can share with others to easily join your conversation. From there, you can chat over messaging, voice chat or video calls. You can even share files and show others what you're doing by screen-sharing.

If you'd like to try out guest conversations, you can head to the Skype on the web to give it a shot now. Also be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!