If you're going to video chat online, and you aren't using Apple's FaceTime, there's a good chance you're using Skype. It's easily the most recognizable name in video chat.
Of course, if you've ever used it you know it can be a hassle to set up. You have to get the program, make an account or log in, find the usernames of the people you want to chat with, send an invitation and finally, hopefully, chat. And what's a hassle for you might easily be impossible for a less tech-savvy family member or friend. That's why Skype decided to make things easier.
With the latest update, you don't need to Skype to Skype. One person in the group that does have Skype installed just needs to click the +New button. You'll get a link you can share through email or social media.
When someone else clicks the link, they can start chatting with text, voice or video right in their browser. There's nothing to install or setup. They just need to type in a name to start.
Here's the feature in action (feel free to mute the sound):
This is similar to a feature Mozilla introduced a while back in Firefox called Firefox Hello that lets anyone chat using just the Firefox browser. While that feature flew under the radar for most people, it looks like Skype decided it was worth copying, and that's good for everyone.