Microsoft looking to create web-based Skype app

With the VoIP client under attack from Google+ Hangouts, Microsoft pans to equip Skype with a browser-based web app, according to a new job posting.

 

Skype is now available on pretty much every format imaginable; through the traditional desktop client, through smartphone and tablet apps on every platform, through video games consoles and connected TV sets.

Now Microsoft looks set to make its first big move since acquiring the VoIP client for $8.5 billion last year, by completing the loop and launching a web-based Skype application.

Skype on web-browsers, presumably designed using HTML5 technology, would help give Microsoft an answer to Google+ which enables free video chat online through its Hangouts service.

The news comes following a Microsoft job posting wants new recruits "to help us bring [the] Skype experience on to the Web," with two positions available in London and one available in Prague.

The posting reads: "Team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web. You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services build from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide."

For us, this is a long overdue move from Microsoft and Skype. A web-based Skype will make it easier to keep in contact with your loved ones, wherever you roam. We can see it being especially useful for those travelling far and wide and relying on Internet cafes where the desktop client may not be installed.

Via: The Verge

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