Browser based Skype coming to combat Google+ Hangouts
Skype may soon be in a new avatar! No Skype isn’t doing anything to its features or adding anything just as of now but Microsoft is surely working hard, burning the midnight lamp to launch browser based Skype app. This hasn’t been officially announced by Microsoft but a few job postings issued by the company hint towards it.
It is looking for applicants with HTML5 experience, hinting that the app will be compatible with Apple’s Safari Browser for iOS devices. The posting goes like this, “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 back-end services built from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide.”
Skype is already integrated with Facebook, with an app including instant messages, voice, and video calls. But Skype for Browsers won’t be restricted to Facebook only.
Microsoft closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype in October 2011. After the merger, Microsoft finally brought a Skype client to Windows Phone. This launch gains even more significance in the light of the fact that Google is actively pushing its Google+ Hangouts video conferencing functionality, which threatens the formers superiority as the video calling kingpin.
It is yet to be disclosed as to when this functionality will be officially available for users. Till then it’s all up to Google to create its niche. All the best!