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Is Skype About To Find Its Way Into Your Browser?

on November 24, 2014

Microsoft has recently announced a brand new feature for Skype – its web version. The web version will allow users to make video calls via Skype without having to download the Skype application. Currently available as a downloadable, dedicated app, Skype is launching its web version in beta form and will enable users to make calls from anywhere in the world.

Microsoft has recently announced a brand new feature for Skype – its web version. The web version will allow users to make video calls via Skype without having to download the Skype application. Currently available as a downloadable, dedicated app, Skype is launching its web version in beta form and will enable users to make calls from anywhere in the world. Compatible with most web browsers, Skype’s web format will be supported by Internet Explorer 10 or above, the latest versions of Chrome on Windows, Mozilla Firefox, and even Mac with Safari 6 or above.   

The change not only poises Skype to grow its reach, but will make free communication much quicker and easier than it is now. The real usefulness of Skype for web however, lies in situations where its users don’t have an access to the dedicated app. It’s not always easy to find a computer that already has the app downloaded – especially while traveling.  The apps unavailability on hotel computers, or computers at internet cafés etc. has created a need for web-based Skype. Now, when faced with such a situation, users can visit Skype.com and make audio and video calls to their friends and relatives anywhere in the world.   

Initially, Skype for Web will be rolled out to users as a plugin, which they will have to install. But once the Web Real-Time Communications, or WebRTC, integration is done, users will be able to employ it without having to install any plugins.

If all goes as planned, this initiative could make Skype the most preferred option among free video conferencing platforms available today. 

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Sources: Business Today