Skype (which is NOT the most secure or private telephone service) has long been popular with computer users. However, it previously was not available for the very popular Chromebook computers. Even on Windows and Macintosh, Skype required installation of software on the computer, something that many people are reluctant to do. Some company-owned computers are prohibited from having “non-approved” software installed. A new update of Skype for Web has made usage of the service simpler and software installation is no longer a requirement although still available for those who want it.
Skype for Web now allows Chromebook users to place voice and even two-way video calls to any other Skype user in the world free of charge and also allows calling standard telephones anywhere in the world for charges that usually are much cheaper than the toll charges of old-fashioned telephone companies.
The newest version of Skype for Web adds support for in-line YouTube videos, meaning you won’t be pulled out of chats to watch a video when clicking YouTube links. Skype for Web also is adding the ability to add people to chats that don’t have Skype accounts (a feature already available for Windows users) through a new ‘Share conversation’ feature. Users on the other end will get a URL and will be able to join chats in guest mode without an account using Skype for Web.
While not believed to be totally private, I still use Skype for calls where privacy is not a concern. I suspect that millions of other Skype users do the same.
You can check out the new Skype for Web features rolling out today at web.skype.com.