If you're a Skype user, Microsoft Edge is going to change the way you use the software.
Skype users, get ready for some major changes to how you will make voice calls and video chats in the very near future.
Skype is announcing that users will now be able to make voice and video calls on the web without installing a plug-in. This has been int he works since 2014, but now it’s finally coming to fruition, according to an Engadget report.
This will be happening on the Microsoft Edge browser thanks to the parent company of Skype. The Windows 10 Insider Preview will have the Object RTC API — for non technophiles, that is an element that allows those audio and video calls to take place, meaning you won’t need to install a plug-in or any other software, the technology will already be available on the browser itself.
It won’t be a seamless transition — the tehcnology is in preview mode for ORTC on Edge. But Skype plans to exit the preview phase and try it live later this year. That means no long wait times in beta mode for eager Skype users.
Chrome, Firefox, and Safare also support WebRTC standards, but it’s not quite clear when Skype will enable the technology so that plug-ins won’t be necessary on those browsers.
Skype has become an immensely popular company in recent years, reaching 660 million worldwide users all the way back in 2010 and it has only grown in leaps and bounds since then. It’s a telecommunications application sotware company that allows people to chat with friends and family or business colleagues over video chat or voice calls, whether it be just down the street or on the other side of the world. And all this can be done for free most of the time instead of paying the exorbitant price of long-distance from many phone carriers.
Usually Skype is a downloadable program that is then installed a computer, and it can run on any operating system. It is also available as a web browser plug-in, or as an app on mobile devices that run Android, Blackberry, iOS, or Windows Phone operating systems.
The company was launched back in 2003.
In other recent Skype news, the company has unveiled video clips called “Mojis,” which are like little video clips you can insert into your chats. It’s a play off the popular Internet practice of using “reaction GIFs” or emojis that can commonly be seen everywhere from Twitter to Reddit.
Now, if you can’t find the words, you can expres your feelings by pulling in a favorite TV or movie moment in what is called a “Moji.”
A Moji is a short clip from a movie or TV show that can be put into a Skype chat directly, Skype said in an announcement on their official blog.
How is this done? You can simply tap the emoticon button and then browse the movie or expression you’re looking for. Then, you preview the Moji to see if it suits your tastes, and it’s not the right one you can cancel it and go back to looking. If it is what you’re looking for, you drop it in the chat and then watch your partner’s reaction.
The Skype team has personally scoured the archives of TV shows and movies for the best and iconic moments to be used for its service. In doing so, they teamed with Universal Studios, Disney Muppets, BBC, and a variety of other studios worldwide.
For example, Moji users will be able to select from Despicable Me, Bridesmaids, Jurassic Park, The Muppets, and many others.
Mojis are not to be confused with Emojis, which are the ideograms or smileys that are often used in Japanese electronic messages and web pages, and have become popular outside of Japan. They originally meant pictograph, and the word emoji actually literally means picture character. The characters are often based on popular ASCII emoticons, like smiley faces, but they go beyond that to have actual icons for a number of things, like a mug of beer or a sheep or a pretzel, for example.
There are a huge numbers of Emojis in existence, and they have become popular among young mobile users. Cellular services have caught on and have made Emoji use easier for their customers.