Microsoft has today announced Skype for Web Beta – a version of the voice and video chatting app that will work in your web browser.
Announcing it on the Skype blog, the app is only available to a select few at the moment, though will be rolling out to everyone soon. The web app does away with the need to download specialist software for your computer – though you’ll still need to install a small plugin to make it work. Skype for web should work across all major browsers – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
It’s an interesting and perhaps unsurprising move from Microsoft given that rivals, such as Google Hangouts are entirely web-based. Removing the need to download removes a barrier to entry, and will get people Skyping quicker.
We’ll let you know when it is publicly available.