Last year in the month of November, Microsoft started deploying a limited beta version of Skype that can run on Internet browsers. And just recently, the company has decided to expand the testing of Skype for Web beta to testers based in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom.
Skype is one of the most popular web calling and chat messaging services existing today, and it is easily available on most mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, on personal computers, and even on Microsoft's own Xbox One.
And now, the company is trying to finalize a version that runs on web browsers, too. Apart from the US and the UK, Microsoft is also planning to further expand the pool of testers for Skype for Web beta to other countries within the next several weeks.
As for those interested to join the pool of testers, they can go visit Skype.com (or web.skype.com), then sign in and then connect to Skype for Web. It should be noted that the Skype for Web beta will work on Windows with Internet Explorer 10 or newer, the newest version of Google's Chrome browser, Mozilla's Firefox browser, or Safari 6 or newer for Mac computers.
Also, testers need be reminded that because Skype for Web beta still currently requires a plug in to work, it will not be able to run on Chromebooks. However, once Web RTC (Web Real Time Communication) is integrated, it should work perfectly fine for Chromebook users.
Having Skype on web browsers poses many advantages. For one, users no longer have to download the Skype mobile app whenever they need to send instant messages or conduct conference calls with their family, friends, business associates, or clients. This can come handy when you are using a computer at an Internet cafe or in a hotel's business center, you can just Skype somebody real quick without having to go through any download and install process.
Microsoft has certainly been busy tinkering with Skype in recent weeks. Aside from expanding Skype for Web beta to US and UK testers, the company has also launched a new and improved version of Skype for Outlook.com. As its name implies, this version of Skype is seamlessly integrated into the fabric of Outlook's user interface. In other words, users of the Outlook email client can now do Skype things (like calling contacts, chat messaging with friends, conference calls with colleagues) directly on the Outlook environment. Microsoft is confident that this new version of Skype will be made available in every Outlook.com inbox in the next few months.
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