There is something new that users of Skype can now expect from its present owner, software giant Microsoft Corporation. Since 2014, Skype has planned to soon remove the need to install plug-ins for the program to run on devices. Now, apparently the Redmond giant is pushing to have this feature included on its in-house new browser, Edge.
How was this feature discovered?
Developer Kits are definitely indicative of the features of the platform for the apps that will run on them. Recently, Windows 10 Insider Preview
‘Build’ was an eyeopener to technology experts. The build for the Preview includes Object RTC API.
What is the Object RTC API?
Simply defined this API is required to help with real-time video as well as audio communication. The key aspect of this API is that it does not require installations to run Skype. Apart from Skype it also dismisses installations for others such as Outlook.com, WebRTC-supportive features.
Also, it is purely for preview of ORTC on the Edge, the browser in the making at Microsoft Corporation.
It is expected that this service will soon be available, latest by end of the year. The preview phase is expected to be completed soon, enabling live implementation by end of 2015.
Currently, other browsers such as Chrome, Safari as well as Firefox are all supported by WebRTC standards. Currently, there is no clarity on when Skype will exclude installations for these browsers.
Microsoft Edge’s browser-based Skype is a feature most business professionals are expecting to resolve advanced business processes. The requirement for installations is a limitation for Skype, considering that nearly everything on the internet is now browser-based. As Skype continues to provide tomorrow’s technology today, exiting the installation-based implementation of the calling program will enhance the end-user experience. With social media networking sites already optimized for so many of the communication tools, Skype does have to bring in value-addition to sustain its large user-base.
Therefore, Skype for the web is all about greater user experience. Plug-ins could affect the overall experience of using the application by a few micro seconds. However, this does have a in impact, when compared to the quick and rapid access features of browser-led applications. Thus, it is a forgone conclusion that skype plug-in had to be rid off at the earliest to compete with peers in the segment.