As promised, Skype now works in Microsoft Edge without any plugins or downloads whatsoever.
Skype first announced it was working on compatibility with ORTC technology – a standard for video streams over the Web – back in late 2014. Meanwhile Edge, became compatible with the technology last September, so today’s announcement isn’t a huge surprise.
While you could use Skype on the Web before, you’d have to install a plugin for calls to work. Now you can simply open a conversation on Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online or OneDrive natively through Edge, no additional set-up process required.
As for other browsers, Microsoft says it’s working on bringing interopability with Chrome and Firefox, “once they both support the H.264 video codec.”