Skype for Web beta is now open to all users in the US and UK

Beta access to Skype for Web is now open to a much wider range of people. All new and existing users in both the US and the UK can take a look the next big thing from Skype. To use it, you will need to download Skype for Web plug-in.

Microsoft initially started rolling out beta invitations in March. It allows users to place Skype calls through a web browser, removing the need to download a standalone application. It has the major features you would expect from Skype, including messaging, audio calls, and video calls.

No word yet on a release date of the full product, but with this widening of the beta, perhaps it's not that far off. Note that Skype for Web currently supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Additionally, Chromebooks only support instant messaging at this time.

Source: Skype (opens in new tab)

Joseph Keller
  • Skype should really be updated to work without a plug-in for Chromebooks, like Google Hangouts. Microsoft's support for Android has been decent but poor for Chrome OS.
  • They probably will not support it unless chrome OS has significant market share. They are kind of scared of chrome books in education market and low end so probably don't want to support it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Microsoft shouldn't ignore their millions of customers using Chrome OS. Chrome OS is more powerful and efficient than OS X and Windows using higher specs.
  • Same what Google doing with windows phone os, right? Posted via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4
  • As Google adds support for android apps on chromeos will this be circumvented by just being able to run the Skype android app? Posted via the Android Central App
  • We use skype at work and it always freezes my computer. This is an awesome idea that should allow for a smoother experience
  • Doesn't work on either Firefox or Chome on Linux, FYI. Just says wrong device.
  • not on Samsung Android 4.1.2