Skype teases ‘next version’, promises all browser support, forgets Firefox icon
Microsoft revealed his future plans for Skype, the communications service he acquired in 2011 for $ 8.5 billion. The next version of Skype will be “improved, faster, more reliable and state-of-the-art” according to Microsoft.
The web version of Skype will support all browsers, according to Microsoft. Skype for the web does not currently support several web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox.
When you visit https://web.skype.com/ now in Firefox or another unsupported browser, you get the prompt âbrowser not supportedâ and the suggestion to use Microsoft’s Edge browser or ” use Skype for the office.
The new Skype will support “all browsers” according to Microsoft. The Skype team doesn’t specifically mention browsers in the ad, but does list four browser icons on the page.
These are Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera.
At Skype, we’ve always tried to serve our users on whatever device or platform they use. But even though Skype works on a lot of browsers today, we still have a few shortcomings. We’re going to change that!
We believe the Skype experience should be seamless, accessible and reliable no matter what browser or device you are using, which is why we are adding support for all browsers. We want to make sure that no matter what device, platform or browser you use, Skype will always give you a great experience.
The most notable browser missing from the list is Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. Will the new Skype support the Firefox web browser? If you take the text at face value, Skype for Web will support Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. Icons on the other hand can indicate that Firefox may not be supported after all.
All Chromium-based browsers are supported by Skype or will be, although they are not listed.
The future Skype
Microsoft’s announcement on the official Skype blog is a long read. Here are the most important changes to the next version of Skype:
- Familiar interface with a modernized look. The theme refreshes.
- Skype users are in the main view during calls.
- All participants will be visible, even if they are not sharing a video.
- Performance improvements: 30% on desktop, 2000% on Android.
- Options to deactivate the video stream and hide the audio participants only in the call phase.
- Improved chat headers, group avatars, smooth icons.
- Meet Now integration to create and join Skype calls without the need to sign in, create an account or install the Skype app.
- Previews of join links.
- Office Lens functionality on Android and iOS.
- TwinCam function to add other devices as secondary cameras to Skype.
- Customize notification sounds.
- Redesign of reactions in appeal and management of “super reactions”.
Now you: have you ever used skype? How do you see the future version? Will it support Firefox?