Microsoft today launched Skype Meetings, a new online meetings tool that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing, with collaboration features like the ability to share screens and content during meetings.

With the free offer of Skype Meetings, you can quickly set up meetings and share a personalized URL that participants click on to join the meeting.

Skype Meetings

During the meeting, participants can IM, share their screens or PowerPoint presentation, or use the laser pointer and whiteboard features to make it more engaging and productive.

The meeting organizer also gets professional meeting controls like the ability to mute the audience in order to be heard.

You can set up meetings for up to 10 people for the first 60 days, and up to three people thereafter.

Skype Meetings is only available to U.S. users with a business email address and whose organization doesn’t already have Office 365.

Those with Skype for Business have access to more features, including the ability to conduct large group meetings for up to 250 people, the ability to instant message anyone in your organization at any time, and integration with other Office 365 apps.