Skype is now being made plugin-free when used with Microsoft’s Edge browser as what the tech giant recently announced. However, before anyone who gets to know about this announcement, it is safe to say to hold your horses first. Do be aware that the new experience does only work for Microsoft Edge, for now at least. As for other browsers, which includes Google Chrome, Mozilla FIrefox, and Safari, they will continue to require plugins as before.
Skype is Plugin-Free, But Only on Microsoft Edge
Skype for Web, which is the browser-based platform of the popular online communications software, was publicly rolled out last year. Microsoft says it will benefit from the new functionality, as will other online properties wherein the messaging platform is supported. This would also include Office Online, OneDrive, and Outlook.con. All of these, along with the Skype for Web, will now be able to support real-time, plugin-free voice, video, and group calling when using Microsoft’s Edge browser.
This will enable users to make use of Skype to be more like a part of the service that users are already utilizing. This is as opposed to using another standalone product. However, it could also assist the messaging platform acquire more users as well.
Aside from making the communications platform to be plugin-free for Microsoft Edge, the tech giant is also working on ways for anyone to be able to join in on a Skype chat, even if they don’t have an account. This would allow an easy way to invite other people, of whom does not own an account on Skype, to be connected into the chat session rather than requiring them to create an account first before they can join in. Now, when those users are using Microsoft Edge, they can just click a link and start chatting immediately.
It should be noted that Microsoft Edge ships together with Windows 10, and it is designed to be a modern replacement for its predecessor, Internet Explorer. The newer browser has ditched support for older technology such as ActiveX and Browser Help Objects. Instead, it now focuses on the latest features such as Cortana Integration, a reading mode that is free of distractions, and the ability to write directly on web pages just to name a few.
However, the plugin-free experience from Skype does not cover a hundred percent of the features that you would normally get from using the standalone version of the application. For example, calling landlines, Screen Sharing, as well as calling mobile phones will still require you to install a plugin, even when you’re using Microsoft Edge.