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Skype Arrives in the Browser

Posted on 11.13.2014

Skype is now enabling users to leverage its platform within their browsers, as the telecommunications company has unveiled a new product called Skype for Web (Beta).

According to the company, Skype for Web makes it quicker and easier for users to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world for free.

“Perhaps you’re sitting at a computer that doesn’t already have Skype downloaded. Or maybe you’re on the go and using an internet café or hotel computer whilst on vacation where you can’t download Skype at all. Using Skype for Web makes it more convenient to get to your conversations,” states the Skype blog.

Skype for Web enables users to leverage the platform without downloading the Skype app, which makes it quicker for new users to get started chatting. Users simply need to sign in to Skype for Web on in order to start instant messaging directly from their browser. In addition, users can make voice and video calls with Skype for Web, however, they are required (for now) to install a small plug-in to start their conversation.

“In the future, using Skype on the Web will become even easier and convenient. Imagine you wanted to meet your child’s teacher, or conduct an online interview with a potential candidate – you’ll be able to chat over Skype directly from a browser in just a click. With Web Real-Time Communications (RTC), there won’t be any downloads or installs – you can just get straight to your conversation,” the Skype blog states.

It is important to note that users can connect to Skype for Web from Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox or Safari. Moreover, Skype members can go directly to and sign in to see all of their contacts and conversation history. That said, Skype for Web is currently only available to a small number of existing and new users, but the company notes that it will be gradually rolling out worldwide in the coming months and users should look out for an invite when they sign into their Skype account.

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