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Microsoft has released a beta web browser version of Skype in the US and UK, which will apparently be rolled out worldwide within the next few weeks. The software giant said Skype for Web could be used by existing State-side and Blighty customers who can now connect to the service via web.skype.com. It means that Skype calls …

  1. PushF12
    Alien

    Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

    Skype for Linux is top-notch for closed proprietary software. In a bizzaro twist, Microsoft is starting to provide better applications for Linux than Google.

    Google put their choice GChat, GTalk, and GVoice products into a blender and got the pink slime named Hangouts.

    1. Antonymous Coward
      Big Brother

      Re: Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

      NSA supports Linux...

      TFTFY

      Don't see so much non-strategic[1] "support" for Linux from NSAFT. Do you? When do you expect "Office for Linux" to be along? lmao! Comprehensive file-format de-obfuscation? As if! Full (and FUDless) support for others' open standards and formats?... etc.. NEVER! ...but a back-doored proprietary chat app which the US splaffed $9bn to buy in specifically to pervert? Ah, well that's different. First rate "support" there. Please use this! Wouldn't want anything nasty like zphone accidentally gaining any traction, now would we?

      [1] Governmental mass surveillance "strategic" interests (Skype) differing, of course, from the Microsoft Corporation's commercial monopolism "strategic" interests (Office). Can you see which of those is in play here?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

      Yet I prefer hangouts any day. Its a single product that surpasses WhatsApp, SMS and Skype.

      It doesn't matter where someone is, I can message them, call them, video chat them, or incite them to a group video chat. Nothing else offers this.

      And Google support Linux just fine. Download the hangouts chrome extension and you are good to go.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Happy

        Re: Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

        "It doesn't matter where someone is, I can message them, call them, video chat them, or incite them to a group video chat. Nothing else offers this."

        Add whiteboard,arrange a meeting, desktop or programme share and email and you then you have Lync,.

    3. Chris Fox

      Re: Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

      “Skype for Linux is top-notch for closed proprietary software. In a bizzaro twist, Microsoft is starting to provide better applications for Linux than Google.”

      Of course, the cross-platform support from Skype pre-dates Microsoft's involvement. And “Top-notch” is not how I would describe Microsoft's support of the Linux version: there is still no 64-bit version, and, worse, support for ALSA has been removed under Microsoft's watch. On a typical 64-bit Linux installation, Skype requires a shed-load of multi-architecture support and duplicate 32-bit libraries to be installed, and various hoops to jump through if you don't want to be forced to switch your sound server over to Pulseaudio and allow Mr Pöttering to enter through the back-door.

  2. Tromos
    FAIL

    Not gonna work

    How many hotels/cafes that don't have Skype preloaded are going to allow arbitrary plugins?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not gonna work

      Firefox allows installation of plugins without any admin rights - on Windows at least.

    2. Robert Helpmann??
      Childcatcher

      Re: Not gonna work

      How many hotels/cafes that don't have Skype preloaded are going to allow arbitrary plugins?

      As already noted, it can be loaded in many cases without admin rights - not that any of the hotels I have been in care enough about security that it would be an issue regardless. If you can't bring your own device, you might consider bringing a thumb drive loaded with a portable browser, or the ability to boot to an OS loaded with your own setup.

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    1. jonathanb Silver badge

      Because if you want to actually talk to somebody, you need to have the same system installed that they use, and they don't have a SIP client set up.

      I tried it on my Galaxy Note, and couldn't get it to work reliably. Sound quality was so bad it was unusable, and I couldn't get it to make the phone ring when someone called, it displayed an alert on the screen, but that would require me to look at the screen constantly in the off-chance that someone might call.

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    2. Your alien overlord - fear me

      Use freespeech.co.uk , they give a 0844 number for free which is also your login account name, very easy to remember.

      1. jonathanb Silver badge

        Or Sipgate, which gives you an 01 or 02 number for free if you sign up from a UK based IP address.

  4. IGnatius T Foobar

    Needs a plugin?

    Seriously people, it's 2015; if you need a plugin for your web application to work, you have failed.

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    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Needs a plugin?

      That's Microsoft for you, they still think it's 1999.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No thank you..

    Just like "free messaging" is a way to get people off SMS that is slightly harder to intercept, so is Skype an effort to make it much easier to tap into global communication.

    Skype started with a peer to peer model that *worked*, but P2P is a swine to intercept so when MS got its UI-destroying paws on it it eventually moved from P2P + super nodes to "everyone talks to a couple of data centres" which is what it is today. You have no control over what is retained, you have no view of who is listening in. and if you believe Microsoft's posturing about privacy to be in your interest you need your head examined (or start checking what the company's DNA is by checking what it has been up to for the last 3 decades or so).

    No thanks. There is a wide open market for something new (not too impressed with WebRTC either, but it has potential).

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    https://appear.in

    No plugins required, just a modern browser (and a powerful enough device).

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: https://appear.in

      The thing you can't do with it is have a contact list but Skype can't do that reliably these days either, as soon as someone logs in from a mobile their online/offline status in Skype becomes almost random. No offline messages if they're not online either, but they can take a day or two in coming through on Skype. There is so much wrong with Skype but it's become the de facto standard so people put up with it yet if you limit yourself to what works reliably (basically, videocalls, although not always) then there's a load of alternatives.

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  7. James 100

    No need to install software, just a plugin...

    Really, what does changing "software" to "plugin" actually get you?

    If they'd genuinely made it browser-only, via HTML5 or whatever, fair enough - even relying on Flash, I suppose - but when you just change it from "you must install the Skype application" to "you must install the Skype plugin" ... why bother? You still need to be able - and willing - to install software for that to work! I suppose it makes sense if this is an intermediate step, before they have a pure HTML5 version?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    where is the trigger warning?!?!

    Register, how could you?!

    using *THAT* phrase?!?!

    wHere are the TRIGGER WARNINGS?

    "BEACH BODY READY?!?!"

    I AM SO TRIGGERED BY YOUR MISOGYNISTIC HETERO NORMATIVE CIS-GENDERED SEXUALIZED APPEARANCE EXPECTATIONS!!!!

    *runs screaming off to tumblr*

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: where is the trigger warning?!?!

      The Register banner at the top IS the trigger warning.

  9. Hans 1
    WTF?

    hello.firefox.com

    WTF ? why not http://hello.firefox.com ? Easy, works with Firefox and Chrome, no hassle comm's. No plugins, no problem!

  10. simmondp

    Chrome but not Chromebook

    Does not work on Chromebook, go figure..... As a web-based end-point surely this should be an ideal target for this technology - oh wait..... its a laptop that does not support Windows.....

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