Microsoft's Skype now works without plug-ins with Windows 10's Edge browser

Microsoft's Skype now works without plug-ins with Windows 10's Edge browser

Microsoft's Skype now works without plug-ins with Windows 10's Edge browser

From now on, you will be able to call your family, friends and others using Skype's web version without any browser extension, directly signing in to the site via Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Microsoft first revealed Skype for Web back in mid-2015.

As promised, Skype now works in Microsoft Edge without any plugins or downloads whatsoever.

Already accessible on the desktop, mobile devices, televisions, and game consoles, Skype previous year finally launched a Web version, which got a serious feature boost in March that lets you call mobile phones and landlines, in addition to other Skype users.

The new capability is thanks to Edge using the ORTC media engine, officials said. If the recipient does not meet the requirements for Skype for Web, the caller might even have to install a plugin. None of these services will require any plugin to initiate real-time video calls as well as group video calls when working with the Microsoft Edge browser.

The impact on you at home: In practice, this preview release isn't going to be very useful, as there are too many situations in which you'll ultimately need a plugin. Microsoft has announced the support of plugin/extension free calling on Skype for Web.

Microsoft also pointed out that Skype could be used in an Office Online app, which includes Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Excel.

You can also make straight one-to-one calls from Edge to someone using Skype for Windows or Skype for Mac, providing they're running the latest version of that software. So it makes sense that the "Skype for Web" functionality doesn't depend exclusively on Microsoft.

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