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This article was published on June 15, 2015

Skype for Web is now available worldwide, adds Chromebook support

Skype for Web is now available worldwide, adds Chromebook support
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

If you’re not a fan of Skype’s desktop app, you can now use the company’s new Web app regardless of where you live.

Skype’s Web app is free to use and as of today works with Chrome OS and Linux, in addition to Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox on Windows and OS X.

Chrome OS users can only use Skype instant messaging at this time, but it’s a start.

Just two weeks ago Microsoft expanded the beta to include the US/UK, but today is dropping those restrictions.

In the future Skype for Web will utilize WebRTC so that you don’t need to install any plugins to get it working — meaning you only need to allow the site permission to use your webcam and microphone and you’re good to go, but for now a plugin is required to make calls.

Skype for Web (Beta) [Skype Garage]

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