Skype for Web on Chromebooks now handles voice calls

The Microsoft Skype team has been working hard to support every significant platform with a client or other sort of support. In the past, the one platform that has been left out in the cold for some more advanced Skype functionality is Google’s Chromebook, which serves as the lowest-priced competition to Windows 10.

According to PC World, one of the more needed features–voice calling–now works on Chromebooks:

This feature should “just work.” Head to the Skype for Web website, sign in with your Skype account, and click the voice call button for one of your Skype contacts. Chrome will ask if you want to share your microphone with Skype. Agree and the call will happen normally, just like it would via the Skype client application on a desktop PC or phone. It now uses standards-based web technologies instead of the plugin it initially required on Windows.

While audio calls work and work well, video features don’t yet seem to be working on Chrome OS. Skype for Web already offered solid text-messaging support for Chromebook users.

Now, even if you opt for one of the cheapest (and arguably most limited) computing options out there, you can still make Skype calls. It’s likely only a matter of time before video calls are supported as well. Let us know in the comments if you’re glad to see the Skype team lending their support the Google Chromebook owners.

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