Microsoft Rolls Out Skype Video Calling For Edge

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Microsoft announced (in preview) new video, voice, and group calling functionality on Microsoft Edge for Windows 10. It utilizes the ORTC media engine that was recently embedded into the browser.

"If you use Skype online, whether it’s through Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online or OneDrive, now it’s even easier to get in touch with anyone," a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews.

No download is necessary. You don't actually have to install a plugin. You can just sign in and click to start a call.

"We’re lucky to have so many industry-leading engineers within the Skype and Microsoft Edge teams," the Skype team says in a blog post. "They have combined their knowledge to deliver the very best plugin free calling experience during this Preview period. Because the Skype and Microsoft Edge teams work so closely, it means you’ll be able to take advantage of plugin free calling in certain calling scenarios from Microsoft’s Edge browser first: All Skype one-to-one and group voice and video calls to and from Microsoft Edge browsers are plugin free; All Skype one-to-one calls from Microsoft Edge to the latest versions of Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac are plug in free."

The roll-out is starting and should be complete by the end of April.

Images via Skype

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