Although Microsoft Skype works best with a standalone app, the online version is reliable and worth using when you can’t run the app.
Supported web browsers: Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer 10 or later for Windows, Safari 6 or later for Mac, and the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox . To use Skype online with Windows, run Windows XP SP3 or later, and on a Mac — OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later .
Launch Skype online
Using Skype in a web browser is easy. Visit skype website and sign in with your Microsoft account.
Microsoft is constantly updating the Skype for Web experience with new technologies. Your online experience may vary due to these ongoing improvements.
Skype Web Plugin or Free Plugin
In 2016, Microsoft introduced an online version of Skype for supported browsers that does not require the download of a plug-in for voice and video calls.
When Skype online was first launched, you could use Skype for instant messaging and sharing multimedia files, but not as a VoIP tool. To make voice and video calls in most supported browsers, you need to install a plugin. With the Skype web module, you can make calls to landlines and mobile devices with Skype contacts on the web, Outlook.com, Office 365, and any Skype apps in a web browser.
However, the plugin remains available and can be installed if your browser is not supported or you are using an older version of a supported browser. You’ll also need the plugin if you plan to use screen sharing or call landlines.
The Skype Web Plugin installs as a standalone program, so it only needs to be installed once and works with all supported browsers.
The number of use cases for the plugin is currently negligible. You won’t need this unless you’re using older operating systems and web browsers.
Skype Online Features
Skype is known for its rich list of features and Skype online supports many of these features. After logging in with a web browser, you can manage your contacts, use instant messaging features, and configure other settings.