Earlier, during the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, the internet was new.
We all are well used with telephones but not so with the internet and computers.
Talking overseas with family members used to be a very difficult task. It used to take hours for the appropriate connection. Video calling was a distant dream in those days. From the 2000s, many changes took place.
One of the best developments was Skype.
The first Voice over IP was started in August 2003. Skype stands for “Sky peer to peer.” Its logo is also not blue but purple. In 2005, eBay purchased Skype and many features were included. Skype casts were one such feature which allows voice conversations for up to 100 participants.
Skype was and still is one of the world’s most premier text, video, and voice chat applications. It is entirely free unless you’re calling mobiles or landlines. With just a few clicks, you can call someone on the other side of the world in crystal-clear HD video and you don’t need to remember a single telephone number.
Skype has broken many barriers to communication. While in the past you needed to take particular care of the minutes and seconds you spend speaking on international calls, you no longer need to bother about that now. If you use Skype to make PC to PC communication, you pay nothing more than the monthly Internet service, which you would have paid without Skype.
Skype integrates video calling, instant messaging and voice calling into a single application. Skype develops its own algorithms and provides us with high-quality video and voice communication.
Skype supports conference calls; video chats, and screen sharing between 25 people at a time for free. Skype does not provide the ability to call emergency numbers, such as 112 in Europe, 911 in North America, or 100 in India and Nepal.
Before using this wonderful App, you need to maintain an account on Skype. If you include a Facebook or Microsoft account then you can log in to Skype directly using those details or else you can create a new account within Skype.
You can use Skype by downloading the Desktop app for Windows, Mac OS, Linux or for Android phones, Tablets, etc. from the website. But now you can use Skype from its Website directly. Means you don’t have to download the Skype app to enjoy HD quality video calling facilities.
Here’s how you can log-in into Skype Web version:
Visit the Skype website https://www.skype.com/en/. At the top-right corner, you will find the option to log-in. Sign in to your Microsoft account if you have one, else create it.
After Logging in you can find “Use Skype online” option right beside your name at right corner. Click that option. Your Skype home page will open.
On the right side panel, you will have all your contacts. Below the search bar on the right side panel, you can go to contacts, notifications; you can make a call by choosing that respective option. You can update your profile by clicking on the “more” option present beside your name on the right side panel.
Features of Skype
You can update your messaging-audio-video calling settings, appearance, language, and many others. In Audio and video settings, it allows you to setup multimedia elements like microphone, speakers, etc.
When Web version of Skype was launched for the first time, there were facilities for instant messaging, sharing of files but VoIP tool was not available. In order to make voice and video calls, you must have a Skype plug-in. This presented a difficulty because you cannot change the system, you can only use that system in which you have a Skype plug-in. You can make calls to landlines and mobile devices using the Skype plug-in.
End to End Encryption
Skype Web version provides us many features including end-to-end encryption. The End-to-end encryption feature encrypts our data before transmitting and decrypts the message into ordinary form after transmission and before delivering it to the user. This feature is helpful in case the security of the transmission line is breached which is impossible.
You can record your calls — video, and voice — with your loved ones. As communicating with them, every moment is not possible, by recording the calls we can play it any number of times. This is extremely advantageous when you are staying away from your parents or loved ones.
A bell icon will be displayed just below the search bar, when you click it, it displays you all the notifications. When you want to search for a particular message or image in 30 pages long chat, it would be frustrating. In that case, Skype helps you by providing search gallery where you can search all chat media in few seconds.
Skype provides for smart messaging by allowing us to use various emoticons on any message you select. You can choose the option of subtitles which allows you to display subtitles for the words spoken. Just as in Whatsapp, Skype additionally allows you to search for any phrase or words used in conversation by typing them in the search bar.
Skype also does not support calling emergency numbers such as 1-1-2 in Europe or 911 in the United States, however, they do support this service in Australia, Denmark, Finland, and the United Kingdom.
Skype Click to Call identifies phone & Skype Numbers and is available for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox on Windows. A log file is created for each contact on a user’s contact list.
Log files are stored locally, which means that they are not available if a user switches computers. These log files make storing and retrieving the data very easy.
There were many other features like Skype premium, Skype Prime, Skype finds, Skype directory Search Skype Me! Status and few others were dropped later.
Skype Translator is a speech to speech translation application developed by Skype, which has operated as a division of Microsoft since 2018.
Skype Translator is available as a separate app and, as of October 2015, is integrated into the Skype for Windows desktop app. The application also features on-screen text transcripts of the spoken phrases in their original language along with the translation.
In addition, Skype Translator supports Skype Instant Message, which can translate users’ instant messages into more than 60 languages supported by Microsoft Translator.
Skype Plug-in for Chrome:
For more convenience, you can download “Skype plug-in.” Add an extension to chrome from here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/skype/lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl. When you want to share any article that you are reading you can do it via Skype plug-in. You can add Skype call links in emails, Twitter chats, Calendar in just a tap.
It provides you to make calls to a number from any search results much easier. It also gives you voice and video call capability and video conferencing with up to 10 participants. Voice calls can be with up to 25 participants. Group text chatting can have as many as 300 participants.
Be careful when using Skype:
When you are using Skype on a shared or public computer then you might have a fear of loss of privacy. In such cases you can open Skype from an incognito window in Chrome or in private window in Internet Edge, no cookies or data will be saved. Ensure that “keep me signed in” option is not checked. Also, be sure that you sign out Skype when you have completed your work.
Browsers which support Skype Web version:
Skype web version is not supported in Firefox browser. Web browsers other than Chrome, Internet Edge, and MacOS 10.12 Sierra are not supported by Skype. It displays “Browser not supported message” when you try to use that browser.
On Windows or Android phones, you cannot access Skype via a browser. You have to download the Skype app and then log in and use it. It displays a message of “Skype on this device is not yet supported.” In the future, Microsoft may make it available on all platforms but at present, this feature is not supported.
Skype for business
Skype for business is enterprise software. It provides Instant Messaging (IM), Audio call, Video call. Microsoft office can show if any other people are working on the same document. The messages will be transmitted in a more secure manner without the necessity of installing any other app. It allows you to share files, PowerPoint presentations and many more. You can choose a particular application and share it with other people.
You can have polling lists where presenters can organize poll and participants can vote and check the results. All collaboration sessions will be called as “conferences” where the organizers of the conference will have final authority to promote any participant as a presenter and demote any participant as attendees. You can use “Skype for business” from the Web version. You can also use it from the plug-in.
Many other Apps which provide video calling like Whatsapp, Viber, Google duo, Talky, ooVoo, WeChat, Hangouts, Vsee and many more. But among all these Skype is arguably the best and the most used one.
So always be in contact with your loved ones using Skype..!!
Skype is software that supports and assists the conversation between different individuals from all over the world. Skype is basically used to make free video and audio calls. Millions of individuals and businesses make use of Skype as way to exchange messages or information through the app.
It is a free app and can be downloaded easily in android and iOS. It makes it easy for people to stay in touch with each other where they can convey text, video, audio and images. It is compatible with devices like Phone, Desktop, Tablet, Web, Alexa etc. There are some features including –
- Audio and HD video calling
- Smart messaging with fun reactions
- Screen sharing (like – photos or presentations)
- Private conversations
which enhances the experience of its users and also widens their scope and gives them an opportunity to discover more about the application.
Three ways to use Microsoft Skype app
- Mobile – you can use it directly on your smartphone by installing it from the play store.
- Desktop – you have to first download and install and then use it.
- Web – it’s the easiest to use because there’s nothing to download and install
Sometimes, there may be compatibility issues in different browsers.
Skype, one of the best-used business association and other tools now has a web version. It simply means that you have nothing to download and install. What you really have to do is go to Skype Web version followed by the chat login page, enter the required information to log in and you are in.
Microsoft introduced a plugin-free Skype web version in 2016 for its supported browsers. You will need to plug-in if you plan to use screen sharing or if you are willing to call landline phone numbers. The Skype web plugin installs as an individual program, so you only need to install it just the once, and it works with all your supported browsers.
In case you try this in Firefox, you will have to download and install the official browser plugin that permits the user to make audio and video calls. After the login, the platform will then guide the user through everything. There may be a difference in the experience of logging in different browsers like Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.
One of the problems that every user faces with a desktop application is the fact that you have to always bring the computer in which it’s installed, along with you. But Skype has now understood the problem and has dealt with it. Web version fulfills the need, so you don’t need to download the app again and again.
There are some other problems like Skype web version does not support Firefox
Currently, the web version of Skype is not available for Firefox. Any other browser separately from Microsoft Edge browser besides Chrome browser won’t work as well.
Try it and you will be welcomed with the “browser not supported” error message:
Microsoft may perhaps unlock access to other browsers like Mozilla Firefox as soon as the final version is released because at this moment Skype for the web is a preview. This lock may be due to technical limitations or some other reason may be.
Skype for web Features
Skype is recognized for its amusing list of features, and Skype for Web supports countless of them.
- After logging in using a web browser, you can manage your contacts and use the instant messaging functions, and configure quite a few different settings.
- You can chat and manage group chats which are a whole lot easy thing. There’s also an option for sharing useful information through photos or multimedia documents to business organizations, friends, family, etc.
- The number of participants in groups is always increasing. Video conferencing – 10 participants, voice calls – 25 participants, group text chatting – 300 participants at least which are quite amazing. With the app, all these features are free.
- The participant/user can also make paid calls to numbers separate from the Skype numbers. Use the dial pad to dial the number you want and choose the destination country from a given list.
- The quality of call with the web version of Skype is comparable. Many aspects and features affect call quality amongst the two versions, it may not be because one is browser-based. The call quality should hypothetically be the same as the work is relatively extra on the server side, and the codecs used on the servers are the same all through the network.
If this happens as your operating system crashes or even something bad happens to your machine, after getting it repaired, you will have to get the installer to get the applications installed again. This has continuously been a serious pain. Each time there is an update for the app, you will have to download the changes and install it repeatedly. For people in areas of luxurious bandwidth or poor connectivity, this is a factor that will cost you very much.
That’s why what I think is that being on the web is a whole lot easier and it can save us a lot of money and time. A plus point is that we are never limited by space. And you also don’t need to worry much about what will happen if your PC gets broken or anything bad happens to it as a matter of fact.
Anyone on Skype can access his/her account anywhere, even in the middle of the road by just using the same username and password. All that one needs is a fast internet connection and a proper web browser. It is very useful for fast-growing businesses that require things to be done fast and quickly.
Also, there’s a thought that the web version for Skype will attract more users as per their convenience. What’s your opinion?
These are some of the Steps on how to use Skype web version –
- Go to Skype signup page and enter your details like username and password.
- After the signup, you can select the language you want or the language in which you want to run Skype.
- Features like chatting, calling, searching will be easily available to you once you had signed up.
- You can also edit your current visibility status to online, invisible and do not disturb, etc. all these options are available at the web version.
- You can easily log out from Skype as per your need.
So these were the things that you need to know about Skype web version and how you can easily log in whenever you want without taking any tension about downloading and installing it. You can connect with your near and dear ones with just a click of your mouse and can chat, call, share things anytime you want because Skype provides all these features and opportunities for each of its participant.
Also, I would love to know what you think about the new Skype web version?
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