How to Use Skype on Google Chrome

The web version of Skype, Skype for Web is now available for US and UK customers. This is a quick guide on how to get started.

Well, there isn’t much to get started. No download or set up is required for using Skype for Web. Go to web.skype.com and login. That’s about it.

Now, anyone going to Skype.com (or web.skype.com) in the US and UK can sign in and connect to Skype for Web to get to their conversations in an instant without downloading the Skype app.

Features

Microsoft says that Skype for Web seamlessly syncs messages from all the other platforms where Skype works, say Windows, Mac or iOS. So, the first time you login to the web version, you will see all your messages and contacts available for you.

Search is another big feature that Microsoft wants to highlight. “Skype for Web introduces a timeline view – a single, searchable list that makes it easier to start new conversations and find existing ones”

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Skype for Chromebook

Chromebook users, no love for you yet. The WebRTC plugin that is used for all this is not yet available on Chrome OS. Linux and Chromebooks users will have to wait for this to be available. And yes, if you are not in the US or the UK, you will have to wait too.

3 responses

  1. but can it be used incognito?

  2. Oh, well, a plugin is not needed for textual conversations (and why would a plugin be needed for such a feature? It has been done since about forever), but it is definitely needed for voice and video calls and (as far as I know) those were the whole point of Skype.

    That basically means that Microsoft created yet another new yet non-modern product, until they fully support WebRTC instead of using a plugin (which is no longer supported in Chrome/Opera, deprecated in Firefox and not at all supported in Microsoft Edge, its own new browser!).

    And I am not sure “WebRTC plugin” is the right term. If it were using WebRTC, it would have not needed a plugin (this is the whole point of WebRTC), in browsers that support WebRTC (Chrome OS definitely supports it).

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