Microsoft makes Skype for globally available

Microsoft makes Skype for globally available

Summary: Microsoft also has fixed a Skype call-ringing-after-pickup issue with a new plug-in enabling Skype integration with, officials say.


Microsoft has made Skype integration from inside available worldwide as of March 4.


But in what's bigger news for many of us Skype users, Microsoft's Skype team says it has now fixed the glitch that caused calls to continue to ring after pick up when users were running Skype and on their desktops at the same time. Microsoft officials said that issue has now officially been resolved.

Microsoft had been making a preview version of Skype for available to users in select markets starting in April 2013.

To access Skype from inside, users need to download a plug-in and link their Skype accounts to their Microsoft accounts so that they can move from instant messaging or email to a Skype video call with a single click. The updated plug-in, available today -- for both  Windows with IE, Chrome or Firefox, and also for Safari on Mac -- includes the fix to the call-ringing issue.

The updated plug-in also supports HD video calling for PC users, Skype officials said.

Topics: Unified Comms, Collaboration, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Still needs a plugin eh?

    And I thought MS might play nice with Chromebooks.............
    • Does Chromebooks

      play nice with Microsoft? No. It exist to take on Microsoft, at a crucial time for Microsoft too.
      • So

        They should remove Skype from the Google Play store then?
        As Windows Phone wants to mark ground on Android?
        • What you are saying is just the opposite.

          As Windows Phone marks its ground, Google should bring its apps to WP. Which they are not doing. So, it's fair enough on MS's part.
          • I don't agree with either side

            And their stupid stance of not supporting the others platform.
            We already have a silo in Apple, we (the consumers) don't need others developing.
            The world will be worse when we get to Google services on Google devices, and MS services on MS devices, Apple services on Apple devices.
          • Yeah, I thought GOOG supported open source?

            That is the kind that has been promoted so heavily on forums for well over 10 years, where the code is freely available to work with at any time by anyone and forking the code is not suppressed by a Monster internet company that already wields more power than MSFT ever did.
            The code for the most current Android is not available to anyone except large partners and a select group of Google chosen developers until it's been released at the earliest.
            I have a feeling that the downloads for Android are just as much incomplete as the Google Desktop code was in the past.
            Google controls it's partners just in the way that open source bakers bashed MSFT for years. There are many Google emails that were made public in the Skyhook trial and it's funny they are not talked about on here...where are the people of great passion that used to point out that kind of thing when it was MSFT driving the ship? Google people made comments about "holding the club of compatibility" over their partner's heads. How can Google do that if they are not holding the keys to parts of the OS. They do it so much so they forced to Samsung to stop shipment on a whole lot of devices that used Skyhook because Google does not want any database used on Android devices except it's own.
            Why would Samsung have cared if Android is 100% open source? They can use the best technologies they see fit, which at the time they felt strongly that skyhook was the best way to go, but Google made them back down and lose a bunch of money on those why?
          • I don't agree too

            but neither of them cares. And Apple is the worst of them.
    • It uses a proprietary protocol incompatible with browsers.

      Even before it was taken over by Microsoft, Skype used a proprietary protocol that is incompatible with browsers. If Chromebooks start allowing access to APIs not normally accessible by browsers, it may become possible. But if it sticks to "everything has to be done over browser technology," it is not really possible.
      • Because it does now

        Doesn't mean it has to in the future.
        That's a design choice that could be changed and handled differently if so desired.
    • Sorry but some software is not going to work inside a browser

    • Huh?

      Why would they do that?
      Michael Alan Goff