(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft has started rolling out its beta version of Skype for Web, a new service that allows users to send instant messages, voice, and video call right from the web without having to download an app.
“Skype for Web makes it quicker and easier than ever before to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world, for free – directly from Skype.com. It’s perfect if you prefer using the web rather than an app: perhaps you’re sitting at a computer that doesn’t already have Skype downloaded,” says the company via blog post. “Or maybe you’re on the go and using an internet café or hotel computer whilst on vacation where you can’t download Skype at all. Using Skype for Web makes it more convenient to get to your conversations.”
The company notes that only a small number of users will be able to use the service while in its beta phase, which will be available to use form any web browser such as Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome.
Skype for Web will require a plug-in to function for it to work, though once Web Real-Time Communications is up and running users will be able to use the service without having to install any plug ins, TechTimes reports.
Microsoft noted in a statement that the service is expected to be launched globally in the coming months.