Microsoft has today announced Skype for Web Beta. As the name suggests, now you can just log on to Skype.com from your browser and start chatting with anyone in your contact list. No, you don’t need to install an app or plug-in for this.
Skype for Web makes it quicker and easier than ever before to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world, for free – directly from Skype.com. It’s perfect if you prefer using the web rather than an app: 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.
In case you want to use voice or video call you need to install a plug-in for now, but in future with web RTC enabled browser becoming a reality, there will be no need for a plug-in.
The Skype for Web is supported by all major web browsers IE, Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Currently it is invite based and you need to sign in to Skype.com with your account for being eligible for the invite.
You can connect to Skype for Web from Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox or Safari on your computer – so whichever browser you prefer, Skype.com is the place to go for all your calls and messaging. If you already use Skype, go to Skype.com and sign in to see all your contacts and latest conversation history. We’re making Skype for Web available to small number of existing and new users to begin with, and gradually rolling out worldwide in the coming months – look out for an invite when you sign in to your Skype account on Skype.com.