Microsoft’s Skype on Friday announced a new version of Skype Click to Call. The latest release highlights free calls in magenta now (yay?) but more importantly, it adds support for the latest release of Firefox, the second-newest release of Chrome, as well as Windows 8.

You can download the latest version (version 6.5 for Windows and version 2.4 for Mac) now from here. Despite the Windows 8 addition, Mac users need not worry: this new update is still available for Apple’s desktop platform.

The addition of Chrome and Firefox support has been a long time coming, but given that Microsoft owns Skype, we’re surprised that Windows 8 compatibility wasn’t available last year when the operating system arrived on store shelves. Skype Click to Call is of course still available for Internet Explorer and Safari.

Firefox 18 and Chrome 24 were both released just last week, though the former came out two days before the latter. It’s not clear whether this release will work on Chrome 24, but we don’t see why not.

We have contacted Microsoft to clarify this small discrepancy. In the meantime, here’s the full changelog for Skype Click to Call versions 2.4 and 6.5:

  • Numbers which are FREE to call are now highlighted in magenta, so it is even easier to spot them while browsing the web.
  • Firefox 18 and Chrome 23 support (Click to Call is also available on IE and Safari).
  • Windows 8 compatibility.
  • Various performance and stability improvements.

Update on January 22: Skype says old Firefox versions are supported, but not old Chrome versions: you’ll need version 23 or higher for Google’s browser.

See also – Skype updates Mac app with click to call in Safari and revamps user profile view and Update for Skype’s Windows 8 client brings Messenger integration, improved video call performance

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