Skype recently had announced the plans to bring its much famous IM and video chat service, Skype for the web. This way, if you are at a cyber cafe or using the computer of a friend which does not have Skype, would be able to make a video or an audio call using Skype, without having to install the app. This is really handy for those who use an office system and cannot download an app unless the admin gives the permission to do so. Instead of relying on the application, you can open Skype and login via the browser.
Skype has now opened this Beta testing version to the users of the United States and the United Kingdom. You will be required to download the web plugin for the web variant to work. Currently, Skype for web supports browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Once you have installed the web plugin, you will be able to make calls, send IMs as well as video chat with your friends who you have added. You will have to give your browser the permission to use the webcam as well as the microphone so that you can make the calls.