Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Video Calls How to Use Skype in Your Browser Skype online is convenient and works about as well as the app by Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated on June 17, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Jun 10, 2020 Jon Fisher The Ultimate Guide to Skype The Ultimate Guide to Skype Introduction Skype Basics Internet Speed Required for Skype HD Calls How Much Does It Cost to Use Skype? How to Delete Your Skype Account Guide to Using Skype as Your Home Phone Getting Started How to Change Your Skype Username Setting up a Conference Call With Skype How to Make a Skype Conference Call How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype How to Share a Screen on Skype Tips for Using Skype How to Record Skype Calls Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10 Stop Skype From Starting Automatically How to Blur the Background In Skype How to Find and Use Skype Emoji How to Skype With Alexa Working with Contacts How to Add Contacts on Skype How to Delete Skype Contacts How to Block Someone on Skype How to Unblock Someone on Skype How to Delete a Skype Conversation Skype on Different Platforms Installing Skype on Ubuntu Installing Skype on a Mac Using Skype on an iPad & iPhone Using Skype on a Chromebook Using Skype in a Web Browser How to Use Skype for Android Creating a Skype Account on Windows Troubleshooting & Updating What to Do When Skype Isn't Working Make a Test Call How to Uninstall Skype How to Update Fix Skype Webcam Problems Tweet Share Email Although Microsoft Skype works best with its dedicated app, the online version is robust and worth using when you cannot run the app. The supported web browsers are Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 10 or later for Windows, Safari 6 or later for Macs, and recent versions of Chrome and Firefox. To use Skype online with Windows, run Windows XP SP3 or higher, and on Macs, run OS X Mavericks 10.9 or higher. Start Skype Online Using Skype in a web browser is straightforward. Visit the Skype website and sign in with your Microsoft account. Lisa Fasol / Lifewire Microsoft continually upgrades the Skype online experience to accommodate new technologies. Your experience with the Skype web experience may vary because of these ongoing refinements. The Skype Web Plug-in or Plug-in-Free Experience In 2016, Microsoft introduced a version of Skype online for supported browsers, which does not require the download of a plug-in for voice and video calls. Chrome and Edge browsers can run Skype without a plug-in. You'll only need it if you run Internet Explorer (any version) or an outdated operating system. When Skype online first launched, you could use it for instant messaging and to share multimedia files, but not as a VoIP tool. To make voice and video calls in most supported browsers, you needed to install a plug-in. While the plug-in is available, it's unlikely you'll need it on modern web browsers. An exception is if you plan to use screen sharing or if you call landline phone numbers. The Skype web plug-in installs as a standalone program, so you only need to install it once, and it works with all supported browsers. Skype Online Features Skype is known for its rich list of features, and Skype online supports many of these features. After logging in using a web browser, you can manage your contacts, use the instant messaging functions, and configure other settings. You can chat and create and manage group chats. You can also share resources such as photos and multimedia documents. Installing the plug-in (or using Skype with a compatible browser) gives you voice and video call capability. Voice and video conferencing can accommodate up to 50 participants. Group text chatting supports as many as 300 participants. As with the Skype app, these features are free. You can also make paid calls to numbers outside the Skype numbers. Use the dial pad to dial the number and choose the destination country from a list. A link to replenish your credit redirects you to the Microsoft page for buying additional credits. The call quality with the web version is comparable—if not equal—to the quality of the standalone app. Many factors affect call quality, so differences in quality between the two versions may not be because one is browser-based. The call quality should theoretically be the same since the work is more on the server-side, and the codecs used on the servers are the same throughout the network.