Skype for Web (teaser 001)

In a pretty significant move Microsoft on Friday announced Skype for Web, an upcoming web application that lets the popular instant messaging and VoIP service run directly in a desktop browser, no plug-in needed, making Skype readily available across desktop, mobile and on the web.

Supported browsers include Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox or Apple’s Safari 6.

Unfortunately, Chrome for Windows is the only supported version of Chrome so Mac users on Google’s browser (and Chromebook owners) are left out in the cold for the time being. Chatting and video/voice messaging don’t require a browser plug-in. “With WebRTC, there won’t be any downloads or installs – you can just get straight to your conversation”, the software giant said.

Supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera, the WebRTC project aims to enable web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs.

“You can use Skype for Web without having to download an app before you get started, which means anyone new to Skype can get chatting even faster,” said the team.

The service is available on an invite basis.

Skype for Web (teaser 002)

To try out Skype for Web, log in with your Skype or Microsoft account to Skype.com and look out for an invite to connect and start messaging directly from your browser.

The web app lets you see all your contacts and latest conversation history and make voice or video calls by pressing the call button. A word of caution: Skype for Web currently suffers from a bug causing excess battery drain on Safari for the Mac.

Invitations are initially available to a small number of users as the team preps to roll out Skype for Web to everyone “in the coming months.”

[Skype Blog]

  • About time!

  • And Facetime Web will be the next iCloud feature…

    • Jason Baroni

      And then Samsung will come up with SFace, a video chatting service.

      • They better not, ’cause Apple will sue their asses like a hypocrite…

      • Jason Baroni

        Well, they introduced ‘Flow’, the perfect rip off of Continuity.

      • Slifur

        Wahahahahahaha

      • Hoho, we’ll soon be reading the hypocritical lawsuit headlines…

      • Jason Baroni

        I asked the same. They are stupid.

      • justme

        jajajajajajajjajaj

      • Cameron

        I don’t know why I crack up upon hearing “SFace”

      • Jason Baroni

        They think putting a S in every product, service name will make it unique and cool. Poor them lol

    • Sai

      Yes I hope so

  • Linton Findlay

    cant wait for it to be compatible with steam browser so that i can chack skype messages in game while i talk to a friend and finally ditch steam chat

  • Edward Wong

    and now chrome tab will “eat” additional 500mb of memory…
    i hope web skype will be “lighter” that is desktop brother.

  • justme

    as a diary user (because my work..) skype it’s a complete shame!
    we are on 2014 many of us have great bandwidth on our smartphones and homes or work. And we wait about 1 minute to send a just one image with size of 178kb.

    too slow for me, that’s reminds me 90’s with dial up connection….
    really I prefer Telegram, because it runs in different plataforms (desktop, tablet, mobile “iOS, Android” ) and many more of things..