Skype for Web Gets Plug-in Free Features, Partially

April 23, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Soon after the launch of Skype for Web services, Microsoft revealed its plan to make the service go plug-in free for browsers so as to make it more easy and accessible through the web.

Now after six months since the revelation, Microsoft has kept its promise by previewing the first plug-in free version of Skype for Web.

However, Microsoft’s vision hasn’t been achieved completely as yet. As of now, it remains only partial. This is because the current plug-in free services of Skype for Web can only be accessed through Microsoft Edge browser, and not from any of the other popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.


Also, its proper working now demands both the ends to be using the Edge browser version in order to carry out Skype calls without plug-ins. This would mean that users will still have to install plug-ins if to carry out video calls, with the only exception being that the other end is using the latest version of Microsoft Skype desktop version.

There are also other limitations, like sharing a screen-shot or making voice calls to landlines or mobiles will still require users to install new plug-ins. In effect, the current roll out is only in its minimal form, and Microsoft will still have to sweat a lot to make it transpire to the form revealed earlier.

Apart from Skype, users will also be able to carry out plug-in free video calls in other Microsoft services through the Edge browser, namely, Office Online, and OneDrive. The plug-in free version can be previewed in all system running Windows version 10.0.10586 and above. 


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