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Now You Can Skype From Your Browser

Microsoft, Skype’s parent company, just unshackled its text and video application from the desktop. Meet Skype for Web, a new beta offering that makes the service available in various Internet browsers. 

The test service allows users to chat without downloading a bulky desktop program. According to the Skype blog, users can access it by navigating to Skype.com with Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox or Safari, and sign in. 

See also: Hey Google Hangouts, Skype Now Offers Free Screen Sharing And Group Calls, Too

Mac users may notice one glaring omission: Chrome for Mac. That may seem like a business decision by Microsoft, however; it’s apparently a technical limitation. A spokesperson told ZDNet that “Chromebook owners can use Skype for Web for IM, but the plug-in required for voice and video calls hasn’t been configured for that device so it isn’t currently supported.” 

For now, the plugin is mandatory for Skype for Web, but that will change in time. The company plans to implement Web RTC (Real-Time Communications), a key technology that will bake Skype into the browser, no plugins necessary. 

The service holds a few other bugs for Mac users, including battery consumption issues and delays in which calls can take longer to ring. According to the Skype blog, these are known problems that the company continues to work on. 

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Microsoft Translation In Real-Time Over Skype

Last night at the Re/Code Conference, Microsoft demoed real-time translation over Skype. Imagine talking to someone over a video call, they spoke a completely different language than you did, but the technology did real time translation as you spoke. Microsoft has a beta they demonstrated last…



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Microsoft Offers Skype Promotion For Making Bing Your Default Search Engine

WinBeta reports that Microsoft is offering a promotion to Brazilian searchers to make Bing their default search engine and in exchange, they will get $2 of Skype credit to be applied to your Skype account. When you go to Bing Brazil (clicking this will set your Bing home page to the Brazilian…



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Hey Google Hangouts, Skype Now Offers Free Screen Sharing And Group Calls, Too

Skype is liberating group calls and screen sharing for all users, which are two powerful additions that should please businesspeople and enterprises everywhere.

Group calls had long been available to Skype Premium customers on Mac, Windows and even Xbox One, but now it’s rolling out to anyone using those systems—free of charge.

Microsoft GM of consumer marketing Phillip Snalune said free group calls will eventually roll out to people using mobile devices and other systems, but for now, it’s just available for Windows, Mac and Xbox One users. It’s a solid start, however, especially when you consider Microsoft was likely feeling pressure from Google Hangouts, which is also free, but doesn’t need to be downloaded like Skype. Of course, Google Hangouts also works on mobile devices, which Skype is still working on.

Skype also made screen sharing free for all group video calls, which is a key for businesses that collaborate remotely. So even as it looks to compete against popular consumer-oriented tools like Google Hangouts, Skype’s focus on appeasing the enterprise shows that Microsoft still knows where its bread is buttered.

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