Microsoft’s Skype for Web Beta is now available worldwide for anyone with a Skype account. To give the Beta a try head over to web.skype.com.
First announced in March, and rolled out publicly to US and UK users earlier this month, the new web client for Skype allows you to receive and make video or audio calls, as well as access all of your text conversations, through installing a plugin to your browser of choice (IE, Chrome, Safari, and/or Firefox). Unfortunately, as WinBeta reported last week, the only main browser not supporting Skype for Web (Beta) is Microsoft’s new Edge browser.
The new Skype for Web Beta features improved search with a single timeline view that combines the once separate lists for contacts and recent conversations; video, audio and instant messaging either one on one or in groups; and instant notifications of incoming calls.
However, today’s announcement of Skype for Web (Beta)’s worldwide availability still does not give any information about the also recently announced overhaul of Outlook.com which will see a redesigned integration of Skype directly within your Outlook.com inbox.
To try out Skype for Web’s Beta anywhere in the world, head over to web.skype.com. The beta supports the following languages:
Supported languages: 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.
Additionally, Chromebook and Linux users will also be able to access the instant messaging features in Skype for Web (Beta).Further reading: Microsoft, Skype