Talk about a no-plugin Skype version for Microsoft’s Edge browser had started this Summer, but the plans to introduce a less constrictive and less consuming version of Skype had not materialized. Until today, when the development team behind Skype and Edge announced that the no-plugin Skype would be made available on the Edge browser soon enough.
Windows Insider members can access the new plugin-free version of Skype and test it out on the Edge browser. According to the development team, who today announced that the ORTC API preview of the browser would include Skype audio- and video calling, no0plugin Skype would be going mainstream soon enough.
ORTC or Object RTC is a feature unique to Microsoft Edge right now, as Chrome, Opera and Firefox only work with WebRTC, which Microsoft calls a “flawed standard”. With ORTC, no-plugin Skype calls are made available directly through the browser, which will allow for advanced real-time communication. The team is confident that while at first, only simple calls will be made available, they’ll quickly move onto group video calls and such.
According to Microsoft, users will be able to use no-plugin Skype in the Edge browser by the time we hit next year. The company promised to release the new version of the browser that supports the new Skype features before the year comes to a close, but they did not go into detail about how advanced the first version will be.
Windows Insiders who are already making use of the features are tasked with providing feedback and helping the developers out. With that feedback, the company should be able to make the no-plugin Skype tool into a very useful feature that will become the selling point of Microsoft Edge. Although Mozilla Firefox has similar features built-in, none of them are as good as this is supposed to be. Both Skype and Skype for Business users will be able to take advantage of the easy calling features, as long as they confide in Edge.