Skype for Web beta is now available for all users, and we are impressed with it
Skype for Web beta is now available for all users.
The browser version of Skype, debuted last week and was only available for users in the U.S. and the U.K.
Now that Microsoft’s VOIP web service is available for everyone, I decided to give it a shot. And I have to say I’m quite impressed with it.
Just head over to www.skype.com or web.skype.com and login with your existing id.
You will be greeted with the following message, the first time you sign-in to Skype for Web beta.
Once you sign-in, you will find that it already has all the conversations and your contacts ready, so can start using Skype right away,
The list of online contacts is displayed automatically. Clicking on one will open a conversation Window.
Skype for Web beta will request to show notifications in your browser. For example, this is what the request looks like in Mozilla Firefox. If you dismiss the icon, just click on the loudspeaker next to the address bar, to bring up the pop-up and allow notifications. This will be of great help if you switch to a different tab, and your friend calls or texts you.
The conversation window in Skype for Web beta has four main areas:
The conversation area – This is where the transcript of your messages are displayed.
The text box – This is where you type your messages and send them to your contact.
The Smiley button – Clicking on this button reveals the available emojis or emoticons, whatever you like to call them. They are limited in number, but nevertheless they are super cool. They are all animated, and it includes a dancer who can do the moonwalk.
Call buttons – The top right corner of the conversation window is home to three buttons. The camera icon is to initiate a video call, while the phone button obviously initiates a voice call. The plus button on the extreme right, is to add more people in to the conversation, making it a group chat.
To make a video call or an audio call, you will need to install the Skype Web plugin for your browser. Skype for Web beta will automatically prompt you to do so, once you login.
If you dismissed the message, you can still get the prompt to show up. Just click on the video call or audio call button in any conversation, and Skype will greet you with the following screen, requesting you to install the web plugin.
Of course you will need a microphone for voice calls, and a web camera for video calls.
Skype for Web beta works in any browser, be it Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Google Chrome.
Oh, and if you are a Chromebook user or a Linux user, we have some good news , you can now access Skype for Web (Beta) too, it is no longer exclusive to Windows and Mac users.
Skype for Web beta supports over 30 languages, refer to the official announcement for more details.