Microsoft released a new version of its Skype for Web client last week, with multiple new features. Unfortunately, it turns out that the client no longer supports the Safari web browser.
In a statement to VentureBeat, Microsoft explained that Skype for Web uses a “calling and real-time media” framework that functions differently across the various browsers. Thus, it decided to prioritize Skype for Web support in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
A Microsoft spokesperson said the service requires “calling and real-time media” technology that is “implemented differently across various browsers.” So the company “decided to prioritize bringing Skype to [the] web on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome based on customer value.”
It should be noted that Microsoft in February warned Skype for Web users that Safari, Firefox, and Opera support would soon be dropped.
The latest version of Skype for Web offers a number of improvements, which unfortunately will be limited to Chrome and Edge browser users.
- HD video calling—Experience HD in one-to-one or group video calling, now with call reactions.
- Call recording—Capture special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues.
- Notifications panel—Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you’ve missed in your notifications panel. Click the bell icon to see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you—all in one central place. Just click a message in the notifications panel to jump into the conversation.
- Find within conversations—You can now easily find messages in the current conversation by typing the word or phrase you want to find in the search box.
- Chat Media Gallery—Looking for the link or photo sent a few weeks ago? The Chat Media Gallery makes it easy to find files, links, and photos shared in a conversation, whether it was yesterday or last month. No more scrolling through your chat history—just click Gallery under the chat name to see all the files, links, and photos in the conversation.
Skype users can try-out Skype for Web here. Just make sure you’re visiting the site in Chrome or Edge, or things won’t work well for you.