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Microsoft Skype for Web gets phone calling support

Microsoft Skype for Web with phone calling support since March 2016
Microsoft Skype for Web
Thanks to its latest update, Skype for Web now allows its users to call both mobile phones and landlines.

Skype for Web has been around for a while, but it lacked some key features found in the Skype app for all the major platforms. The Web-based version of Microsoft's notorious video chat/voice call messaging program is finally capable of performing voice calls, but its latest update brings a few other useful features as well.

According to the official blog post by The Skype Team, these are the new things they have just added to Skype for Web:

  • low-rate calls to mobile phones and landlines directly from Skype
  • the ability to watch YouTube videos inside Skype
  • add new users to conversations even if they are not on Skype (they can join as guests)
  • Skype for Web notifications that show up even when the user is in another app or browser tab

For those new to Skype for Web, everything should be straightforward. All they have to do is go to Skype.com or web.skype.com, sign in, and connect. However, Skype for Web is still in beta stage for now, so those not comfortable with using such pre-release software/services might want to stay away from it.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-15 (Update: 2016-03-15)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.