Skype for Web was launched back in 2015. But due to the lack of features compared to the actual app, the Web version had little to no success as users did not really make much use of it. However, in a surprise move, Microsoft has just released a brand new update for the Web app.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced an exciting new Skype revamp for the web. Microsoft has made major improvements to the Skype web app, so now you won’t have to go through the hassle of downloading the software itself. The new update brings high-definition video calling, a redesigned notifications panels and a revamped media gallery. The update also brings a built-in call recording feature. You can read more about the new update here.
ChromeOS And Linux Support Ended
However, with all Microsoft-based updates, there is a twist. When first released in 2015, Microsoft introduced Skype Web to Linux and Chrome OS. However, with the new update the web app will no longer have support for Chrome OS or Linux.The latest update for the web app will only support Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 on Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.
This comes as a huge surprise, specially considering that Microsoft has announced that they are switching their Edge browser to Chromium. They have been actively contributing to the Chromium community but it seems that, they are leaving all Chromium browsers except for Chrome in the dark. Microsoft has not yet given a statement as to why this decision was made.
In other news, Microsoft has been trying to get users to upgrade from Skype 7 (Classic) to the new and upgraded Skype 8, You can read more about that here.
It’s no secret that Skype has been losing users throughout the year. Users have migrated to apps like Google Duo, Whats App, and messenger to communicate between family and friends, as it provides for an more reliable experience. Could this update be Microsoft’s last attempt to revive Skype and make users use the platform again? if so, removing support for ChromeOS and Linux might not be the best way to make this happen.