Microsoft Edge Users Can Now Make Skype Calls Without Plug-In
Microsoft removes one more barrier to making Skype calls, for Windows 10 users at least.Windows 10 users can now make Skype calls from Microsoft Edge, no plug-in required. Microsoft announced a new preview of Skype video calling on its Microsoft Edge browser (version 10.0.10586 and up) on Friday that does away with plug-ins and other helper software. Making a break from Internet Explorer's checkered past, Microsoft replaced IE with the newer, Web-standards-compliant Edge as the default browser for Windows 10. (IE11 is still available for enterprises running legacy Web apps.) The new capability comes courtesy of built-in support for the Object Real-Time Communications (ORTC) standard in Edge. It enables users to conduct Skype voice, video and group video calls on Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online and OneDrive natively in their browsers without a plug-in or additional software, including the bundled Skype app for Windows 10. Essentially, Edge users can now make one-to-one and group calls (voice and video) with one another without loading the Skype client software. They can also call users of the latest Skype apps for Windows and Mac directly, according to the company.
Power users may find that the preview of Skype video calling on Microsoft Edge falls a little short. For instance, features like calling landlines and mobile numbers require a plug-in. Likewise, Edge will prompt users to install a plug-in if they attempt to share their screens or call contacts that are running older Skype clients.