Most of Skype related news about late has been about Microsoft killing Skype Classic and moving people to Skype 8 – but now there is news about the web version of the communication tool. While there are a number of new features to explore ̵
1; including high definition video calls, new messages and call recording – Microsoft has decided to reduce the number of supported platforms.
The latest version of Skype for the web only works in Windows 10 and MacOS 10.12 or later, and only in the Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. Firefox and Opera users are left out in the cold, and anyone running Chrome OS or Linux will be disappointed that their operating system is no longer supported.
We have already seen much of what is new in Skype for the web in a preview towards the end of last year, but now Microsoft makes it available to a wider audience. The company also uses this web-based update to promote Skype 8 and says:
We release the updated MSI that can be deployed for Skype (version 8) for the Windows desktop, replacing the existing MSI (version 7) for Windows desktop. If you are an IT administrator, simply download the new MSI file to begin distributing the latest version of Skype to your organization through the distribution software of your choice.
In a blog post about the latest update, Microsoft reveals the features you can enjoy in Skype for the Web if you are using a supported platform and browser:
- HD Video Call – Experience HD in one-on-one or a video call, now with call responses.
- Call Recording – Capture special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or register important meetings with colleagues.
- Message Panel – Take a cup of coffee and find out what you’ve missed in your message panel. Click the bell icon to see responses to your messages, @mentions in group calls or if someone quoted you – all in a central place. Just click a message in the message panel to jump into the conversation.
- Find In Call – You can now easily find messages in the current conversation by typing the word or phrase you want to find in the search box.
- Chat Media Gallery – Looking for the link or photo sent a few weeks ago? Chat Media Gallery makes it easy to find files, links and images shared in a conversation, whether it was yesterday or last month. You can no longer browse your chat history – just click Gallery under the chat name to see all the files, links and photos in the conversation.
Skip to Skype for the web to try it for yourself.