As you all know Skype enables you to get connected to your friends and loved ones. Earlier you had to download the Skype application for the purpose. Now they have come with an alternative for this. The company has released a beta version of the application which now is Web based.
Skype users in America and United Kingdom are going to be its beneficiaries. They will be able to use the Skype services now onwards without downloading and installing it. This facility was developed by the company after collecting feedback from the customers. Customers wanted to be in connection with their loved ones over the Skype Website. Current Skype users need to sign up to the Skype website. They can see their conversations and contacts get loaded to their online account within minutes. Its latest features are being discussed below.
Continuous Conversation Linking
The company promises uninterrupted communication with your loved ones by getting connected with each other over their website version. The people who had already downloaded and installed Skype on your PC or mobile will be able to see your contacts and latest conversation, within few minutes after you get signed in to the website. All you have to need is a Skype account or Microsoft account.
Timeline and Notifications
The beta version launches with certain improvements than the older version. When users search for people or groups, a Timeline View including single list appears. Earlier it was used to be two separate lists for contacts and conversions. This list is also searchable, so that the users can now find the conversations so effortlessly. This also makes it easy for the user to start another conversation easily.
Skype’s new version comes with notifications also. All that users are required to do is to enable them when they signs in. Once the notifications get enabled, this will inform the users about any incoming instant messages or audio or video call. The beauty of these notifications is that they still alert the user even if they using another browser or app.
Compatibility and Rollout
The new web Beta version is compatible with browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari running in Windows OS or OS X. But inorder to enable audio and video calling over web, users are required to download and install certain additional plug-ins. Unfortunately, this new version of Skype is not compatible with Chromebooks.
For the time being this version is available for the Skype users in United States and United Kingdom. Other Skype users of rest of the globe will be provided with the convenient in the near future itself. The updated version is with the object of making more convenience to users in using it.
Since the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft in 2011, Microsoft has been trying to bring certain notable changes to the Skype. These included Skype 4.0 on TV, by joining in hands with Samsung’s camera enabled television sets. In April Skype launched ‘Skype for Business’, converting it as a perfect enterprise application. Now it has come up with ‘Skype for Web’, may be a stepping to convert it to a social networking website enabling messaging, video and audio calling, just like Facebook.