It’s like you’re sitting at a computer that doesn’t already have Skype downloaded. Maybe you’re on the go and using an Internet cafe or hotel computer where you can’t download Skype at all. Using Skype for Web makes it more convenient to get to your conversations.
Users can simply sign in on Skype.com. From there, they can connect and start instant messaging directly from their browser. Voice or video calls will require a small plug-in. Now in beta, the service works with Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox and Safari, but it initially will be available only to a small number of users. It will be rolled out worldwide in the coming months. The new service promises to be quite useful, because it opens up the number of computers that can use Skype significantly. I feel this will have a big say as far as user experience goes.
In particular, it will make Skype available for the first time to employees at companies, where you’re not permitted to install software. In addition to its Voice over Internet Protocol functionality, my opinion is that Skype is also a very useful messaging service. That’s one thing a lot of people don’t realize. People can have Skype chat channels with 40 or 50 people in them.
Thanks to the Web feature, that’s now possible on all computers. Though a plug-in currently is required for voice and video calls, Skype is working with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team to implement the technology necessary for real-time communications on the Web. With WebRTC, there won’t be any downloads or installs — you can just get straight to your conversation.
Firefox and Google Chrome both support WebRTC, while Apple’s Safari and Internet Explorer require a plug-in. I personally feel while Skype’s availability through the browser maybe of interest to people not already using Skype or other messaging apps, it doesn’t really offer any advantage to mobile users or anyone who has already downloaded Skype on their PC.
However my personal take is that the makers would be better off working on more distinct features, especially for mobile users, as other mobile apps are sometimes preferred over Skype.