An tweet by Mark Gillett, CVP Skype & Lync at Microsoft, alerted me to the fact that Skype now runs in the browser via a small plugin.
How do you get going? Skype didn’t overly advertise to me to download the plugin. Actually I had a little time finding it. (probably looking too hard…) Below are the steps I followed:
Goto People and find a user that is online. Now click on Video Call.
Now the plugin will start downloading.
The plugin is approximately 4MB. (as shown below)
Watch for the Security Warning and click Run
You can now start a call either from the People screen or the Communication pane.
Call in progress
Pop out IM during a call
You can also launch via the Communication pane.
- Skype from Browser does not require the Skype app, just the plugin
- The plugin is around 4MB
- Incoming Calls popup much like Skype client
- I haven’t figured how to change audio/video devices (if you know, please comment)
- Make sure geo.gateway.messenger.live.com is not blocked on your network.
- Multiplatform support (source)
- Windows: Explorer 8+, Chrome 19, Firefox 12
- MAC: Chrome, Firefox
It looks like Skype is okay running in the browser. (albeit using a plug-in) Will there be this same openness to running “native” in a browser? Interesting road ahead.