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This article was published on November 14, 2014


Skype for Web brings plugin-free instant messaging directly to your browser, video and voice to follow

Skype for Web brings plugin-free instant messaging directly to your browser, video and voice to follow
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Skype has today announced a beta version of its instant messaging platform that allows you to use the service directly from your Web browser.

In order to use it, you won’t need to download any add-ons or plugins; it’s all done directly through Skype.com. The service is currently supporting the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers.

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While you can already make video and voice calls from your browser right now, it requires a plug-in. However, in the future this won’t be the case as Skype plans to support plugin-free calling by using the WebRTC standard.

Skype for Web isn’t available for all as yet though. The company said it was “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.”

➤ Please welcome Skype for Web (Beta) [Skype blog]

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