Skype To Be Plugin-Free On Microsoft’s Web Browser Edge; Coming To Windows 10 By The End Of 2015

Skype To Be Plugin-Free On Microsoft’s Web Browser Edge; Coming To Windows 10 By The End Of 2015
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Skype is said to be bringing a free plug-in for Microsoft’s website browser, Edge. Find out what else you need to know about this update.

Microsoft has announced that the company will soon bring plugin-free Skype for its web browser Edge. But this will be made available only to Windows 10 users, and will be applicable to Skype for Outlook Services and Web.


Skype plans to launch the service by the end of 2015. Till then, it has released a beta version which is now available for download on the Windows Store. Again, the beta version is available only for Windows 10 Mobile preview users. Given below is a list of Skype features:

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  • Video Calling
  • Audio Calling
  • Emoticons
  • Messaging
  • Conversation history between
    – SMS integrated and Skype messaging
    – Phone calls integrated and Skype calls
  • Supports Microsoft Account sign-in

Thanks to Microsoft’s ORTC APIs

The plugin-free Skype is becoming a reality due to Microsoft’s ORTC APIs that allow users to start real-time Skype calls through Microsoft Edge. Commenting on the same, Skype on its blog wrote, “We’re thrilled about the exciting scenarios that ORTC APIs enable and we are proud to be one of the first to use these Object Real-Time Communications (ORTC) APIs in the Edge Browser.  The ORTC APIs will enable us to develop advanced real-time communications scenarios – like group video calls with participants all on different browsers and operating systems – using features like Simulcast and Scalable Video Coding (SVC), all while preserving the ability to easily interop with existing telephony networks.”

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Windows 10

Since Windows 10 has been launched, Microsoft is seeing introducing either new features or announcing new devices that promote its latest operating system. Considering the popularity of Windows 10, from browsers to smartphone manufacturers, everyone wants to associate with Microsoft and bring Windows 10 to their platforms in one or the other way.

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It is going to be fun to see where does Microsoft take Windows 10 and its services from here.