Microsoft releases new Skype for Web

Skype has a native Linux app that can be installed, and Chromebook users are redirected to the Google Play Store to use the Android Skype app instead.

The key phrase there is "Chrome and Edge users".

Microsoft has revamped its Skype calling service on the Web bringing HD video calling, redesigned notifications, a fresh media gallery design, and more.

On Thursday, the new Skype for Web hit desktops everywhere but only if you're using a Windows 10 or Mac OSX10.12 device with the latest versions of Chrome and Edge.

These new features are now available for all desktop devices that run on Windows 10 and Mac OSX10.12 or higher with the latest versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

For many, this is something that more or less makes sense, as Microsoft Edge is now in the process of migrating from the EdgeHTML engine to Chromium.

That said, it's not like Linux and Chromebook users are without recourse. You can do many cool things and some of them are listed below.

Once you install this extension, it adds a new button in the Firefox toolbar to let you choose a new user agent. The new version of the service will work with Edge and Chrome, and a brisk check recommends that it likewise takes a shot at browsers dependent on the most recent variant of Chromium, (for example, fearless and Vivaldi).

In addition to its desktop and mobile applications, Microsoft offers Skype on the Web, enabling users to access the service directly in their browser.

Apart from staple features centered on making calls, Skype for Web has also received quite a number of user interface improvements. When you close the browser, you need to make the same changes again if you want to use Opera to access Skype for Web or just install a third-party extension that remembers your settings.

Vanessa Coleman