Skype is focused on making their users experience on Skype as simple and streamlined as possible – and as such they have announced an upcoming ability to utilize Skype calls within Microsoft’s new Edge browser without the need for any plugins.
Starting later this year, Skype users will be able to make voice and video calls without needing to install a plug-in on Microsoft Edge and we are working on bringing the same seamless experience to Skype for Business.
It makes sense that Skype wants to roll out and test the functionality on consumers first before jumping into the Business world with this offering. Furthermore considering how many companies are utilizing online apps for a large bit of their business tasks – Skype wants to jump into that market themselves and make Skype for Business more appealing.
Skype is accomplishing this thanks to Object RTC API’s that Microsoft has made available in the latest Windows 10 preview build. Object RTC is a collection of tools allowing developers to build out support for video and audio calling without the need for any external plugins. Thus bringing features such as Scalable Video Coding and Simulcast to a wide array of devices with ease.
Considering there is only a few months left in this year – I expect this functionality to roll out rather quickly. As it does I will let you know about it here on this blog.