Microsoft’s Skype for Web Gets Updated With HD Video, New Notifications, and More

Way back in 2014, Microsoft launched Skype on the Web as a limited beta. It took some time, but eventually the beta tag was taken off.

Now, years later, Microsoft’s web version of its audio and video calling platform is getting an upgrade. VentureBeat shared the details on Thursday. Microsoft’s Skype for Web now features updated high-definition video calling, both in private calls and group calls. In addition to that, notifications are getting upgraded:

“Meanwhile, the aforementioned notifications panel — accessible by clicking on the bell icon — now collates reactions to messages, mentions in group conversations, replies, and more.”

In addition to that, search is getting better, too. Now when you look for a word or phrase in a conversation, you will see them “bubble” up to the top of the chat. The media gallery is getting improved as well, now showing links files, and photos from conversations.

“We’re always looking for new ways to enhance the experience, improve quality and reliability, and connect people from any device,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post. “Skype has always been about bringing people together. We continue to be driven by the opportunity to connect our global community of hundreds of millions of users, empowering them to feel closer and achieve more together.”

Microsoft launched Skype for Web in April of 2016. And Microsoft says the platform sees 1.55 billion users around the globe. Being available on the web does make it easier, too, especially without a specific reliance on a standalone app. Have you tried out Skype for Web yet?

[via VentureBeat]