Earlier this month, we reported that Skype had released its newest and most innovative approach for a client, Skype for Web in its Beta form, but sadly, the feature was only available in the UK and the US. Microsoft however, today announced that Skype for Web has grown up and become global.
That’s not all. Chromebooks and Linux based systems also get Skype for Web now, which was previously not available in either of the two. Though we don’t get voice or video calling yet, it just serves as an IM client for you, but if you want voice or video calling, you can use separate plugins and get your job done.
As the beta has been expanded, few new features get in, supportive platforms increased and an international version empowered, more languages have been added to the supported list. Here’s a list directly from Skype:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, English, German, Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional.
As reported earlier, this new approach doesn’t require you to download a proprietary client. You just need a PC with a web browser. Head over to web.skype.com and login when prompted. That’s all you need to do, Skype will take care of the rest including syncing your messages and chats, your contacts list etc.
As this is just a beta build, there might be a few stutters here and there, but that will be a thing of the past once the completed version is released.