The Skype for Web project started off slowly, but has quickly gained a lot of traction in the past month or so. It started as a beta, and then launched in higher profile countries. On Monday, Microsoft and Skype launched it worldwide and added Chromebook support.
By launching the Skype for Web project worldwide, now it separates itself from the Skype desktop app. It means that users can access Skype with any web browser from anywhere, and gives Chromebook users another option besides Google Hangouts, but with some limitations.
Skype For Web Worldwide
The Skype for Web project was to enable anyone to use Skype, and allow them to do it without having to download the Skype app. It was in limited beta and became a wider available project recently. With increased feedback, Microsoft has launched it worldwide and should be a hit.
By being able to communicate on Skype with just a web browser, it opens the flood gates to a lot of users who might not be able to access Skype normally. Some users aren’t able to download the app on desktops, laptops, or tablets, and now they can use Skype, anywhere in the world.
Open To Chromebook and More
While the Skype for Web project was only initially available for Windows users, Skype has expanded that as of Monday. Now, users with Chrome OS and Linux can use it. This also includes users of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox on Windows and OS X worldwide.
Chrome OS users though currently only get access to Skype instant messaging, but Skype states they are working on that solution. Chrome OS users have Google Hangouts to use as their primary communications tool, and this type of collaboration will require Microsoft and Google to work together.
Skype for Web is a great project. I use it daily, and love it on the web.