SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has revealed that it plans to launch a browser-based Skype application, its own take on Google's Hangout service.
In what is the first major development since Microsoft acquired the VoIP and chat company last May, a job posting revealed that the company is looking to hire a software engineer for a "Skype for Browsers" position.
The listing shows that the application will be based around HTML5 and Java technologies, perfect for Microsoft's plug-in free Windows 8 web browser. This also differentiates the service from the Skype video call client now found on Facebook, which uses a plug-in rather than HTML5.
The job posting reads, "[The] Team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web. You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services build from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide."
"You will work in dynamical environment with the team of true professionals participating in defining, designing, developing, testing and documenting one of the most popular applications of the modern world."
Microsoft is unable to comment on rumour or speculation, so concrete details are lacking just yet. To us, a Skype application for the web browser sounds like something that should have been developed a long time ago, so we can't help but wonder what Microsoft has in mind that Skype doesn't already offer. µ
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