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Microsoft Launching Web Version of Skype

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This should be great news for those who use Skype from a desktop.

Microsoft announced that a web-based version of Skype is on the way.

The new version of Skype, which is still in beta, allows users to log in to their existing accounts from Skype's website when using Chome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or, Safari. Instant messaging is supported as soon as you log in, but voice and video calls require the extra step of installing a browser plugin. Microsoft says this additional step is only temporary.

"In the future, using Skype on the web will become even easier and convenient," the Microsoft wrote Friday in a blog post. "Imagine you wanted to meet your child's teacher, or conduct an online interview with a potential candidate — you'll be able to chat over Skype directly from a browser in just a click."

Microsoft is rolling out the service to a limited number of users "in the coming months," with more to follow. The company did not say how many users would be part of the initial phase, but those who are selected will see invitations when they log in to their Skype account from

Don't expect the world right now. Remember, Skype on the web is still in beta.

Last modified onSunday, 16 November 2014 09:41