Microsoft Announces Skype For Web Beta, No Plug-in Download Required

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Microsoft today announced that they are launching Skype for Web beta. Skype for Web allows users to to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world, for free – directly from Skype.com.  If you are using a computer that doesn’t already have Skype downloaded, you can now use Skype for Web.

You can connect to Skype for Web from Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox or Safari on your computer. If you already use Skype, go to Skype.com and sign in to see all your contacts and latest conversation history. Microsoft is 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 – look out for an invite when you sign in to your Skype account on Skype.com.

Once you’ve signed in on Skype.com, you can start instant messaging friends straight away. Making great quality voice or video calls is just as easy; simply press the call button to connect. As you may have read in the last few weeks, Skype and our friends at Internet Explorer are starting to implement the technology to make Real-Time Communications (RTC) on the web a reality, but for now, before your first call, you’ll need to install a small plug-in to start your conversation. In the future, using Skype on the web will become even easier and convenient. Imagine you wanted to meet your child’s teacher, or conduct an online interview with a potential candidate -you’ll be able to chat over Skype directly from a browser in just a click. With web RTC, there won’t be any downloads or installs – you can just get straight to your conversation.

Read more about it here.

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