Skype for Web now supports voice calls on Chrome OS. Chromebook fans who use Skype are still waiting for video call support, but for now, voice calls work along with instant messaging.
Chrome OS support has been a slow process for Skype for Web. They started with support for Chrome, but left out Chrome OS. Later, support for calls to mobile was added. Now, the latest addition is support for voice calls.
If you are a Skype user, go ahead and login to web.skype.com and try making a call. You will be prompted to allow Skype for Web to access your microphone when you do this for the first time. Click Allow, and the call should go through.
This update however is not just Chrome OS only. Linux users are also now able to make voice calls through both Google Chrome and Chromium. So if you have an Ubuntu or Fedora computer, this should make you happy too!
Videos calls are still a no-go for Skype for Web on Chrome OS.
Skype Android App on Chromebooks
This, Chrome OS support for Skype for Web, may not be a big news for those who own the Asus Chromebook Flip, which already has Android apps support. There are a bunch of Chromebooks that are expected to get Google Play access soon.
Users who own a Chromebook that is going to get Google Play support can install the Android version of Skype and get all the features of the app, including voice and video calls.
However, remember that not all Chromebooks are promised to get Google Play access, at least for now. And the roll out is expected to be slow, and might take months. So until then, Skype for Web remain attractive to a large group of chromies!
Are you one of them?
via OMG Chrome.