Microsoft Edge Browser to Support Skype Calls without plugin in near future

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Huge changes are coming for Skype users.

Windows 10 preview build 10547 features plenty of new tweaks and improvements, and among them is a preview of the Object RTC (ORTC) APIs for Microsoft Edge, a collection of tools that will make it easier for developers to build audio and video calling into Web apps without requiring any browser plugins.Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), since last year, has been working on the browser-based Skype version that is now available for the Insider with the latest Preview.

Skype recently announced that the ORTC (Object Real-time Communications) API preview for the Microsoft Edge browser is currently available in the latest Windows Insider Preview release. Skype is a natural fit for ORTC, and sure enough, the Skype team announced Friday that it is working on new versions of Skype for Web and Skype for Outlook.com that take advantage of this new technology.

Yet oddly enough, both devices aren’t integrated with each other and users who want to use Skype within the browser will need to resort to downloading/using a plug-in. According to the Skype blog, “Skype users will be able to make voice and video calls without needing to install a plug-in on Microsoft Edge” starting sometime later this year. It helps support browser-to-browser VoIP calls, video calls, P2P sharing and few other tasks which often require the use of a dedicated application on the system.

What’s unclear however, is if Skype will be available on those platforms as well, or if it will be an exclusive feature of the Windows 10 web browser. Chrome, Firefox, and Safare also support WebRTC standards, but it’s not quite clear when Skype will enable the technology so that plug-ins won’t be necessary on those browsers.

Skype has become an immensely popular company in recent years, reaching 660 million worldwide users all the way back in 2010 and it has only grown in leaps and bounds since then. ORTC APIs also support the development of more advanced real-time communications scenarios, such as group video calls with a diverse set of endpoints, using features like Simulcast and Scalable Video Coding (SVC), while maintaining the ability to easily interact with existing telephony networks. It’s a telecommunications application sotware company that allows people to chat with friends and family or business colleagues over video chat or voice calls, whether it be just down the street or on the other side of the world.

You can go ahead and try the new release, however, they may or may not ruin your experience because Preview builds are those that are yet to be tested. In other recent Skype news, the company has unveiled video clips called “Mojis,” which are like little video clips you can insert into your chats. Mojis are not to be confused with Emojis, which are the ideograms or smileys that are often used in Japanese electronic messages and web pages, and have become popular outside of Japan. The characters are often based on popular ASCII emoticons, like smiley faces, but they go beyond that to have actual icons for a number of things, like a mug of beer or a sheep or a pretzel, for example.

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