Since the Windows 10 launch, Microsoft has been trying its best to convince Chrome and Firefox users to switch to Microsoft Edge. To make the browser better than others, Microsoft Edge brings new or improved features to attract users. But unfortunately, nothing has worked till now. Will it change with Skype?
Skype via its official blog announced on April 15 that if you are using Microsoft Edge, the video calling service will not need plugins to run the app. Edge users can simply “sign-in and click to start a call on Skype.” Isn’t it simple? With this plugin-free Skype for web on Edge, what else can you do? Here are the features straight from Skype’s blog:
- All Skype one-to-one and group voice and video calls to and from Microsoft Edge browsers are plugin-free.
- All Skype one-to-one calls from Microsoft Edge to the latest versions of Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac are plug-in free.
To make use of the new plugin-free Skype for Web, users need to upgrade to the latest version of the app. Right now, the service is enabled for “Microsoft’s Edge browser on Windows 10 version 10.0.10586 and above,” but Skype has promised it will make the plugin-free service available to everyone, not just Edge users.
The team will continue to work on “enabling audio and video interoperability with Chrome and Firefox browsers” once both browsers support H.264 video codec. Since the improvement is still at its early stages, some features like calling landlines/mobiles and screen-sharing still require plugins.
What are you waiting for? Go update your Skype for Web to the latest version, and as Skype puts it for Edge users, “No download. No plugin to install. Just sign-in and click to start a call on Skype with Microsoft Edge.”
Let us know how you find the plugin-free Skype experience and whether you will use Microsoft Edge from now on.
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