Skype is one of the best applications which help in providing video chat and voice call services. You must have been using Skype on desktop and mobiles. Skype web version lets you use Skype from your browser without the need of installing any software or mobile applications. In this post, let me share a few details about Skype web version and how to use it on your browser.
Skype Web Version
Skype Web Version lets you use Skype from your browser. This is very beneficial if you’re using a shared computer, and don’t have Skype installed on it. The web version offers many features you’d need for calling your friends, relatives or family members (contacts, basic settings etc)
How To Access Skype Web Version?
- Access Skype web version here: https://web.skype.com/en/
- You’ll be prompted to sign in to your account
- You’ll observe a popup which welcomes you to the web version of Skype with a message which states ‘Welcome to Skype for web (Beta)’
- Click Get Started (An image included below for your reference)
- I prefer using Chrome as my browser. If you are one among the same, you’ll be prompted to add the Skype Chrome extension which would enable Skype calls in a few minutes.
- You’ll now be shown an alert which states what the Chrome extension can do. It doesn’t alter or have any impact on the site. I’ve attached an image of what the extension can do.
- Read and change your data on all live.com sites, all outlook.com sites, and all skype.com sites
- Communicate with cooperating websites
- Communicate with cooperating native applications
- Click ‘Add Extension’
- If you’re a Windows/Mac user, you’ll be prompted to install ‘Skype for web plugin’ which would let you make voice and video calls from your browser
Skype web version is responsive and minimal, and doesn’t limit you in terms of using it based on device. If you would like to avoid too many applications on your mobile, the web version of Skype could be a good bet.
Settings Available Within Web Version Of Skype
The following are the various settings you’d find when you try accessing the Skype web version to make video or voice calls. The following is a short note on how each of these settings could help you.
- Web link previews – By turning this option on, you’d see a preview of the links of websites you’d send/receive on Skype. If you’re using Outlook as an email service, you’d get a clear note on how this works.
- YouTube player – As you know Skype lets you chat with your friends and relatives who are in your contact list. While chatting, you can send a few YouTube links and watch those videos without leaving Skype web version, i.e, voice/video chat.
- @mention notifications – When this setting is turned on, you’ll be notified whenever someone mentions you.
- Enable image paste – With the help of this option enabled, you can directly copy and paste the images from clipboard into chat.
The privacy options lets you decide from whom you would like to allow calls from and from whom you would like to allow video and screen sharing from.
Hope the web version of Skype helps you access and make use of it in a much better and easier way. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve a different side of looking at this.