Microsoft begins Skype for Web beta but still requires a plug-in

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Microsoft is setting Skype a little bit freer by bringing it to the browser. The company announced the news of a beta rollout on Friday with support for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Previously only Outlook.com users had access to Skype in a browser, but now that requirement will be lifted.

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The company plans to eventually use the RTC, or real-time communications, in Skype for Web; however, this first pass will require the download of a small plug-in. Google began adopting RTC for its Hangouts platform in July to alleviate the need for plug-ins or other downloads, and more recently, Mozilla implemented RTC in Firefox for video chat.

I’ve already tried to access the new web feature at Skype.com on several computers and Chromebooks to no avail. [company]Microsoft[/company]’s announcement says to “look out for access to Skype for Web on Skype.com in the coming weeks.”

I’m sure it will work as advertised on Windows or OS X; however, I’m most curious if [company]Google[/company] Chromebooks — which run atop Linux — will be supported. If not officially, I’ll be trying to fool Skype by switching my Chrome OS user agent to mimic a supported configuration. In the meantime, Skype for Android is actually running quite nicely on my Chromebook Pixel.

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