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How to Login to Skype in Web version?

by Rahul Mathur Digital Marketer, Graphic Designer
How to Login to Skype in Web version?

Earlier, during the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, the internet was new. We all are well used with telephones but not so with the internet and computers. Talking overseas with family members used to be a very difficult task. It used to take hours for the appropriate connection. Video calling was a distant dream in those days. From the 2000s, many changes took place. One of the best developments was Skype.

The first Voice over IP was started in August 2003. Skype stands for “Sky peer to peer.” Its logo is also not blue but purple. In 2005, eBay purchased Skype and many features were included. Skype casts was one such feature which allows voice conversations for up to 100 participants. But it was discontinued later. From 2009 HD video call was started. In 2011 Skype was available for Windows, Mac OS, iPhone, and android also.

Skype was and still is one of the world’s most premier text, video, and voice chat applications. 

Skype has broken many barriers to communication. While in the past you needed to take particular care of the minutes and seconds you spend speaking on international calls, you no longer need to bother about that now. If you use Skype to make PC to PC communication, you pay nothing more than the monthly Internet service, which you would have paid without Skype.


Skype integrates video calling, instant messaging and voice calling into a single application. Skype develops its own algorithms and provides us with high-quality video and voice communication. Skype supports conference calls; video chats, and screen sharing between 25 people at a time for free. Skype does not provide the ability to call emergency numbers, such as 112 in Europe, 911 in North America, or 100 in India and Nepal.

Before using this wonderful App, you need to maintain an account on Skype. If you include a Facebook or Microsoft account then you can log in to Skype directly using those details or else you can create a new account within Skype.

You can use Skype by downloading the Desktop app for Windows, Mac OS, Linux or for Android phones, Tablets, etc. from the website. But now you can use Skype from its Website directly. Means you don't have to download the Skype app to enjoy HD quality video calling facilities.

Here’s how you can log-in into Skype Web version:

Visit the Skype website https://www.skype.com/en/. At the top-right corner, you will find the option to log-in. Sign in to your Microsoft account if you have one, else create it.



After Logging in you can find “Use Skype online” option right beside your name at right corner. Click that option. Your Skype home page will open.

On the right side panel, you will have all your contacts. Below the search bar on the right side panel, you can go to contacts, notifications; you can make a call by choosing that respective option. You can update your profile by clicking on the “more” option present beside your name on the right side panel.

Features of Skype:

You can update your messaging-audio-video calling settings, appearance, language, and many others. In Audio and video settings, it allows you to setup multimedia elements like microphone, speakers, etc.

  

When Web version of Skype was launched for the first time, there were facilities for instant messaging, sharing of files but VoIP tool was not available. In order to make voice and video calls, you must have a Skype plug-in. This presented a difficulty because you cannot change the system, you can only use that system in which you have a Skype plug-in. You can make calls to landlines and mobile devices using the Skype plug-in.

Skype Web version provides us many features including end-to-end encryption. The End-to-end encryption feature encrypts our data before transmitting and decrypts the message into ordinary form after transmission and before delivering it to the user. This feature is helpful in case the security of the transmission line is breached which is impossible.

You can record your calls — video, and voice — with your loved ones. As communicating with them, every moment is not possible, by recording the calls we can play it any number of times. This is extremely advantageous when you are staying away from your parents or loved ones.

A bell icon will be displayed just below the search bar, when you click it, it displays you all the notifications. When you want to search for a particular message or image in 30 pages long chat, it would be frustrating. In that case, Skype helps you by providing search gallery where you can search all chat media in few seconds.

Skype provides for smart messaging by allowing us to use various emoticons on any message you select. You can choose the option of subtitles which allows you to display subtitles for the words spoken. Just as in Whatsapp, Skype additionally allows you to search for any phrase or words used in conversation by typing them in the search bar.

Skype also does not support calling emergency numbers such as 1-1-2 in Europe or 911 in the United States, however, they do support this service in Australia, Denmark, Finland, and the United Kingdom.

Skype Click to Call identifies phone & Skype Numbers, and is available for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox on Windows. A log file is created for each contact on a user's contact list.

Log files are stored locally, which means that they are not available if a user switches computers. These log files make storing and retrieving the data very easy. There were many other features like Skype premium, Skype Prime, Skype finds, Skype directory Search Skype Me! Status and few others were dropped later.

Skype Translator is a speech to speech translation application developed by Skype, which has operated as a division of Microsoft since 2018. Skype Translator is available as a separate app and, as of October 2015, is integrated into the Skype for Windows desktop app. The application also features on-screen text transcripts of the spoken phrases in their original language along with the translation. In addition, Skype Translator supports Skype Instant Message, which can translate users’ instant messages into more than 60 languages supported by Microsoft Translator.

Skype Plug-in for Chrome:

For more convenience, you can download “Skype plug-in.” Add an extension to chrome from here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/skype/lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl. When you want to share any article that you are reading you can do it via Skype plug-in. You can add Skype call links in emails, Twitter chats, Calendar in just a tap.

It provides you to make calls to a number from any search results much easier. It also gives you voice and video call capability and video conferencing with up to 10 participants. Voice calls can be with up to 25 participants. Group text chatting can have as many as 300 participants.

Be careful when using Skype:

When you are using Skype on a shared or public computer then you might have a fear of loss of privacy. In such cases you can open Skype from an incognito window in Chrome or in private window in Internet Edge, no cookies or data will be saved. Ensure that “keep me signed in” option is not checked. Also, be sure that you sign out Skype when you have completed your work.

Browsers which support Skype Web version:

Skype web version is not supported in Firefox browser. Web browsers other than Chrome, Internet Edge, and MacOS 10.12 Sierra are not supported by Skype. It displays “Browser not supported message” when you try to use that browser.



On Windows or Android phones, you cannot access Skype via a browser. You have to download the Skype app and then log in and use it. It displays a message of “Skype on this device is not yet supported.” In the future, Microsoft may make it available on all platforms but at present, this feature is not supported.

Skype for business:

Skype for business is enterprise software. It provides Instant Messaging (IM), Audio call, Video call. Microsoft office can show if any other people are working on the same document. The messages will be transmitted in a more secure manner without the necessity of installing any other app. It allows you to share files, PowerPoint presentations and many more. You can choose a particular application and share it with other people.



You can have polling lists where presenters can organize poll and participants can vote and check the results. All collaboration sessions will be called as “conferences” where the organizers of conference will have final authority to promote any participant as a presenter and demote any participant as attendees. You can use “Skype for business” from the Web version. You can also use it from the plug-in.

Many other Apps which provide video calling like Whatsapp, Viber, Google duo, Talky, ooVoo, WeChat, Hangouts, Vsee and many more. But among all these Skype is arguably the best and the most used one.

So always be in contact with your loved ones using Skype..!!

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype_protocol
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype_for_Business
https://enstinemuki.com/skype-web-version-use-skype-web-browser/
https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/8/18255848/skype-for-web-hd-video-calling-recording-search-gallery-chrome-edge
https://blogs.skype.com/news/2019/03/07/the-new-skype-for-web-is-here/
https://www.lifewire.com/using-skype-in-browser-4000450
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About Rahul Mathur Advanced   Digital Marketer, Graphic Designer

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Joined APSense since, September 25th, 2018, From New Delhi, India.

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