Microsoft this morning unveiled a way to use Skype on “nearly any display you’ll be able to lay your arms on.” The new browser-based Skype for Internet will work on Chrome, Firefox and Safari along with Microsoft’s personal Web Explorer, throughout completely different working methods.
The transfer expands Skype’s attain past the devoted desktop and system purposes generally used to entry the service.
Skype for Internet will work from Skype.com, supporting instant-messaging, audio and video calls. Microsoft says the beta might be rolled out steadily “within the coming weeks” to individuals who sign up on Skype.com.
Initially, the service would require the consumer to put in a plugin for voice and video calls, however Microsoft says it would finally support WebRTC, a regular for real-time communication throughout browsers, which is supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera. As noted by The Verge, that implies that Google Chromebook customers will be capable to entry Skype, as properly.
On the spot messaging might be out there through Skype within the browser with none plugin set up. Customers who log in through Skype.com will be capable to see their full contact checklist and current dialog historical past.
Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion three years in the past, and this week introduced plans to merge its Lync enterprise communications model into the Skype model, rebranding Lync as “Skype for Business.”