If you are a dedicated Chrome or Edge browser user, you had to turn to Skype‘s standalone app in order to access features such as video recording or HD video calling before today.
The aforementioned Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser clients are supported by Skype for Web, but if you’re using Safari, Opera or Firefox, you’re out of luck at the moment. Your machines will also need to be running Windows 10 or macOS 10.12 Sierra or higher in order to have access to the tool.
At the time of writing there has been no word from Microsoft (which owns Skype) as to whether that will change.
In terms of what non-Chrome or Edge browser users are missing out on, the new version of Skype for Web has introduced a notifications panel that will feature notify you anytime another person mentions your name or quotes you. Added to this is a media gallery that will feature any piece of content that has shared on a specific chat, along with the ability to search within specific conversations.
Unfortunately there’s no indication if the Skype for Web version offers better call quality and connectivity than its standalone counterpart, with the latter always proving a bit spotty at the best of times in our experience.
With Skype losing ground to the likes of Discord and Slack when it comes to non-business related comms, it should be interesting to see if Skype for Web will be picked up by casual group chatters. As it currently stands, the lack of browser support does not bode well.