Skype, one of the most used business tools now has a web version. That means you have nothing to download and install. If you have a Skype account, all you need is go to Skype Web version, enter your login info and you are in. Click here
The first time I tried this on Firefox, I had to download and install the official browser plugin that allows me to make video and audio calls. Once you login, the platform is going to guide you through.
I remember when WhatsApp mobile app chat tool went web too. There was an air of excitement among users. But the difference here is that your mobile phone will have to be kept connected to the Internet for the web version to function. If you didn’t know about using WhatsApp on your web browser, see the instructions here
Skype Web Version ~ The ease of communication
One of the problems with a desktop application is the fact that you have to always carry the computer on which it’s installed along. This is a problem and Skype has understood it.
Again, once your operating system crashes or something bad happens to your machine, after repairs, you’ have to get the apps installed again. For licensed products, most often, you’ll have to call the developers to reset the license. This too has always been a serious pain.
Each time there is an update, you will have to download the changes and install. For people in areas of expensive bandwidth, this is a factor that affects cost.
But being on the web is easier…
I like it when I’m allowed to use the web option of an application. That means I’m never limited by space. I don’t even worry about what happens when my PC breaks down.
I can always access my account anywhere in the world. All I need of course is the Internet connection and a web browser.
I personally think the fact that Skype has gone web will open up for many more users. What do you think?
This is what the new Skype looks like and note that it’s still in beta:
For those of you who are heavy Skype users, you should test this out to find out if everything you have on the desktop version is available.
Three ways to use Skype
So there are now three different ways to use Skype;
- Desktop – You have to download and install
- Mobile – I use it on Android phone
- Web – This is most accessible to all. Nothing to download and install.
I have tested the web version on both Firefox (Version 47.0) and Chrome (Version 51.0) browsers and found compatibility issue. If you find problems on your own browser, please share in the comment box below.
Also let us know what you think about the new Skype Web Version. Does it make any difference? Are you even a Skype user?