Microsoft Working on Skype For The Web

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 16, 2012

It was clear that Microsoft had to have big plans with the Skype voice over IP software after it became known that the company paid $8.5 billion Dollars for the technology and company.  We have already seen some changes, like the removal of Google product bundling with the software, or the introduction of the Skype app directory.

Microsoft seems to have a yet bigger goal in mind, with the revelation of Skype for the web. Recent job postings on the Microsoft Careers website indicates that the company is looking for a software development engineer for a Skype for browsers job.

Team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web.

You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services build from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide.

Key responsibilities include real-word experience in developing HTML5 and JavaScript web apps. While the job description does not state that Skype for the web will be built using HTML5 and JavaScript exclusively, it would make sense for a number of reasons. It first would mean that Microsoft could ship the upcoming Windows 8 operating system with a Skype app, and it would also mean that Windows Phone and other phones supporting HTML5 and JavaScript would be able to make use of Skype on the web.

Skype on the web could provide Skype users with access to their contacts, history and messaging capabilities right on the web and without installation of Skype on the device used to make the connection. It furthermore could compete directly with Google+'s hangout feature and Google Voice. (via WP Sauce, via Caschy)


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  1. David said on April 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    They ought to combine WLM with Skype and connect to Xbox360. Their whole ecosystem is damaged.

  2. kurtextrem said on April 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    You’ve got a old skype version in your screenshot :D

    The newest is 5.9.xxxxxx

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      It is an old screenshot from this site ;)

  3. Roman ShaRP said on April 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    So, they try to catch on with Google’s VOIP-in-the-browser (based on acquired Gizmo project, AFAIK). But would it work in non-IE browsers?

    So far seems no big deal, really. There are already Google’s or Cisco’s WebEx solution.

    So – no big reasons to look forward for Skype for browser.

  4. Damirora said on April 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I would like to also see Skype on the X360.
    Just imagine if we could “share screen” while playing a game e.t.c. on the console.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I think it is very likely that it will come to that, or at least the next Xbox.

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