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Skype for Web (Beta) now available worldwide

17 June 2015

In a blog post yesterday, Skype announced that Skype for Web (Beta) was now available worldwide! Apart from English and Hindi, Skype for web supported Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional.

''Skype for Web will also support Chromebook and Linux users: you can now access Skype for Web (Beta) for instant messaging,'' Skype announced on a blog post.

Skype for web had entered public beta in the US and UK early this month.

It is available both as smartphone app and desktop client, and the roll-out envisioned people using Skype for Web to respond to contacts via a bigger screen, or on an internet café computer that might not have the program installed.

According to the blog post, Skype for Web would offer notifications, ''so you don't miss incoming instant messages, audio or video calls, even if you're using another app or viewing a different website in another browser window,'' the blog post added.

Contacts and conversations synced between the smartphone and desktop client while Skype for Web combined the two categories in a single timeline view. Earlier this month, Microsoft had also announced a redesigned Skype for

Skype for Web's big advantage was that if one was in office, or on a shared computer that did  not have the application downloaded, one could simply sign in and proceed with the call. One would however, still require a Skype ID and password to log in.

Skype for Web was implementing the technology to make Real-Time Communications (RTC) on the web a reality. Users need to note that on Chrome, they would need to install the Skype plug-in to make the calls.

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