Starting from today, anyone in the US or UK can now go to Skype.com or web.skype.com and connect to the official Skype for Web service instead of having to download the app. I imagine that this could be especially useful when you’re not working from your machine or when you don’t want to be logged out from the account you’re using on the desktop app.
The Web beta is available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers, but it might just work with others, as well. Skype for Web comes with its traditional video and audio calling and instant messaging but also with syncing of your conversations from other devices and easy search.
The service will be rolling out worldwide “in the next few weeks” and if you’ll try to download it now, you’ll get the image from below as a response.
A small drawback with the new product is that it still requires a plugin to make calls, but there’s hope that a future version will be powered by the WebRTC standard which removes the need for a specialized plugin. So, if you live in the US and the UK, you’re among the lucky ones. The rest of us will have to wait for just a while longer.