Skype users can now take advantage of voice and video calls via a web browser, all with the help of a new browser plugin released by Microsoft. This plugin, named Skype Web Plugin, supports the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox on both Windows and Mac OS.

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Steps to do voice and videos via web browser

To get started with calling via a browser, visit Outlook.com and sign up for a new account. If you’ve already signed up, then simply sign-in.

Now, open the messaging pane by clicking on the messaging icon from the top-right corner. Add Skype contacts from “Add people to chat with” section.

If a Skype user is online, then you’ll be able to see the call button. Click on this icon and then Skype will present a small pop-up box from where you’ll need to click on “I agree – continue” button. The Skype web plugin will now be downloaded to your computer. Once the download is finished, launch the installer and install the plugin.

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You’ll be asked to merge your Skype and Microsoft accounts so that you can see your Skype contacts on Outlook.com. Simply sign-in with your Skype details and then click on Continue.

Now that everything is configured, select a friend that you want to call from the messaging pane. If this is the first time you’re doing this in a browser, then you’ll need to give permission to run it.

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So it’s that easy to make voice and video calls via a browser like Chrome and Firefox. Best of all, this method should also work on Chromebook (although not tested).