You will now be able to use Skype without plugins on the Microsoft Edge Browser.


To me Skype has always been the best video and voice internet software out there. Microsoft is making Skype in the browser plugin-free, the company announced. But before you get too excited, be aware that this new experience only works in Microsoft Edge for now. Other browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, will continue to require plugins as before.

By the end of the month, Skype will support real-time voice, video, and group calling via the Web,, Office Online, and OneDrive. Edge users can simply sign in and click to start a call—no downloads or installations necessary.

However, Microsoft says it wants to bring a similar plugin-free audio and video calling experience to other browsers as well, including Chrome and Firefox. But for this to take place, the browsers will have to support the H.264 video codec. (This is still in development, according to’s issue tracker). In addition, Skype one-to-one calls from Microsoft Edge to the latest versions of Skype for Windows or Mac will also be plugin-free as a part of this update, Microsoft notes.

That being said, the plugin-free experience doesn’t cover 100 percent of the scenarios in which you might use Skype for the time being. For example, Screen Sharing and calling landlines and mobile phones will still ask you to install a plugin. Similarly, if the recipient doesn’t use the latest version of Skype on their desktop or mobile, you’ll also need the plugin.

In the meantime, you can preview using plugin-free Skype on Microsoft’s Edge browser on Windows 10 be sure to update your copy of windows 10.