CHROMEBOOK USERS can now use Skype for the first time.
Microsoft last week mad Skype for Web available to all in the UK and US, besides those using a Google Chromebook. However, the firm today announced that its Skype for Web beta now supports instant messaging on both Chrome OS and Linux.
"Good news for Chromebook and Linux users: you can now access Skype for Web (Beta) for instant messaging," Microsoft said in a blog post.
As well as bringing functionality to Chrome OS and Linux users, Microsoft on Monday announced that its Skype for Web beta is noe available worldwide.
Skype for Web's global availability comes after the web VoIP client was made available to a handful of users in November.
Announcing its UK and US rollout last week, Microsoft said: "Anyone going to Skype.com (or web.skype.com) in the US and UK can sign in and connect to Skype for Web to get to their conversations in an instant without downloading the Skype app."
At the time, the company confirmed to The INQUIRER that while it's claiming the service is available to all, those on a Chromebook couldn't yet use it.
A spoksperson said: "While Skype for Web is currently not supported on Chromebooks, we are committed to providing a great experience on the platforms we support, and this means thorough testing on the functionality that is available.”
Skype for Web is still in beta, but offers many of the same features as its desktop counterpart, including support for video calls, instant messaging and audio calling.
Microsoft has also been keen to point out that the web app will sync seamlessly with the desktop app, and will bring an improved Search tool. Optional Notifications are also available as pop-ups that will appear if you're using another app or viewing a different website in another browser window.
"Skype for Web is an important step for Skype as we move towards implementing the technology to make Real-Time Communications on the web a reality," Microsoft added.
"But just as importantly, we're doing it because the hundreds of millions of people that visit Skype.com every month told us they want to call and IM when they visit our website.
"We know how critical it is for you to get to your conversations - and Skype for Web helps you get connected anytime."
Skype for Web is available via Skype.com now, but you'll need to install a plug-in before you start using it. µ
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