Microsoft today has taken the wraps off it’s revamp of Skype for the web.
The company offers the following as enhancements for the new offering:
- HD video calling—Experience HD in one-to-one or group video calling, now with call reactions.
- Call recording—Capture special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues.
- Notifications panel—Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you’ve missed in your notifications panel. Click the bell icon to see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you—all in one central place. Just click a message in the notifications panel to jump into the conversation.
- Find within conversations—You can now easily find messages in the current conversation by typing the word or phrase you want to find in the search box.
- Chat Media Gallery—Looking for the link or photo sent a few weeks ago? The Chat Media Gallery makes it easy to find files, links, and photos shared in a conversation, whether it was yesterday or last month. No more scrolling through your chat history—just click Gallery under the chat name to see all the files, links, and photos in the conversation.
Additionally, there’s a new Skype MSI distribution that’s smaller, making it a quicker download. Those tasked with managing fleets of computers can take the download and distribute it to prepare the company’s computers for the updated functionality.
Of note, Microsoft says that Chrome and Edge browser users can use Skype for the web just fine. However, it should be noted that anyone else – for example, ChromeOS users (even though it’s built on the Chrome browser) will be met with a “Device Not Supported” message. ChromeOS users can install and use the Skype for Android app.
Skype for the web is available for Windows 10 and Mac OSX10.12 or later at the following web location: https://web.skype.com/