Microsoft releases refreshed 'Skype for Web' on Chrome, Edge browsers

Micosoft’s new Skype for Web no longer supports ChromeOS or Linux

In an update today, the company announced that its Skype for Web product has been updated with new features and support, including the ability to make high-definition video calls directly in Chrome and Edge. From now on, users do not need to download the app which was a prerequisite before. Since Microsoft is betting all-in on Chromium, many believe this method is actually a way to support the new engine, especially because Firefox, which is now the top alternative to Google Chrome, is blocked from connecting to Skype for Web.

Once you select a new browser, just refresh the Skype for Web page and everything should work exactly like it should.

Unfortunately there's no indication if the Skype for Web version offers better call quality and connectivity than its standalone counterpart, with the latter always proving a bit spotty at the best of times in our experience. Also, the call recording feature is also enabled which let the users to record some important calls for further proofs. The Chat Media Gallery makes it easy to find files, links, and photos shared in a conversation, whether it was yesterday or last month. And since its Microsoft acquisition in 2011, the platform has been adding new features in order to compete with other social media apps like, Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter etc.

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There's also a new feature that lets you search within individual conversations.Users can now find messages in the current conversation by typing the word or phrase you want to find in the search box. When first released in 2015, Microsoft introduced Skype Web to Linux and Chrome OS. They will just have to click Gallery under the chat name to see all the files, links, and photos in the conversation.

Whether recently released features for the desktop version of Skype will also eventually come to the web app remains uncertain.

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