Microsoft's Skype has seen a spike in usage as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has forced social distancing, but the go-to app for most people has been Zoom, whose user numbers have exploded in the past month.
The feature was rolled out in December, but Microsoft has been touting the Meet Now feature amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike Zoom, Skype's Meet Now doesn't require the host to set up an account or download a client. Users can just create a link with a click and send it to participants via email to chat in either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.
Microsoft appears to see Microsoft Teams as the future for its video and chat efforts, last week announcing new Teams features coming to consumers.
Microsoft Teams has 44 million daily users in businesses, but over the next few months it is adding chat, the ability for consumers to make video calls and collaborate with family and friends over Teams.
Zoom meanwhile is dealing with security and privacy issues that have cropped up since its users started flocking to the platform for video chats, conferences and online classrooms.
Yuan also responded to a Citizen Lab report on Friday that questioned why the app sometimes distributes encryption keys through servers in China. Yuan said the company mistakenly added two Chinese data centers to its list of approved backup bridges.