Microsoft has released Skype for Web, a video and voice calling service that works with major web browsers across Windows and Mac operating systems.
A beta version of the service is currently rolling out from Skype.com and will require a plug-in to be installed to a browser before it can be used.
Microsoft's Jonathan Watson explained in a Skype blog post that the company hopes to offer Skype for Web without the need for a plug-in by using the WebRTC standard which allows for calls to be made in real time via a browser.
"With WebRTC, there won't be any downloads or installs - you can just get straight to your conversation," said Watson.
Microsoft explained that Skype for Web will allow video calls to be made from a browser simply by pressing a call button once signed in to a Skype.com account.
Watson claimed that Skype for Web has been designed to make video and voice calls over the internet faster and easier, particularly on computers without the Skype app installed.
"It's perfect if you prefer using the web rather than an app: perhaps you're sitting at a computer that doesn't already have Skype downloaded," Watson wrote.
"Or maybe you're on the go and using an internet café or hotel computer on vacation where you can't download Skype at all."
However, while Mac and Windows PC and laptop users will be able to access Skype for Web on Safari 6, Internet Explorer 10, Firefox and Chrome for Windows, users of Chromebooks are left out as Skype for Web does not support the operating system.
V3 contacted Microsoft for more information, but the company has yet to respond. Skype for Web follows several enhancements to Microsoft's internet calling service in recent months.
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