Microsoft has released today new optional patches for the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2) and the May 2020 Update (version 2004) that bring a new Meet Now button to the Taskbar. Microsoft has been testing this new feature with Insiders since September, and it’s now set to roll out to the general public with next month’s Patch Tuesday.
Meet Now is a new Skype feature that allows users to easily schedule a video meeting with other people. After installing this optional patch, the Meet Now button will appear on your System tray, and clicking will open a browser tab to initiate a Skype video meeting. Meet Now doesn’t require a download or signing up for a Skype account, which is pretty nice.
Here are the release notes for this KB4580364 update, which will appear as an optional update in Windows Update:
- Introducing Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar
Earlier this year we introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone in as little as two clicks for free and each call can last up to 24 hours. Today, we’re excited to share that we will be extending this capability in Windows 10 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. In the coming weeks, you will be able to easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking the Meet Now icon in the taskbar notification area. No sign ups or downloads needed.
- Updates an issue that causes a device to stop responding after you have been using a pen for several hours.
Microsoft will also bring this new Meet Now Taskbar button to Windows 10 users still on the May 2019 Update (version 1903) and the November 2019 Update (version 1909). If you’re currently running either version of the OS, you can test this Meet Now button by downloading the optional update KB4590836 that Microsoft released last week.