Microsoft is developing a new Edge update that will allow for a new Skype connection to the web browser.
Users can also initiate a Skype video chat using the Meet now button located next to the address bar in the latest early access package.
A pop-up panel will be opened for users to name their meeting, create a link that others may use to dial in, and join a separate meeting using a link provided by someone else.
An unimaginative alliance
It may seem unremarkable that Microsoft is moving to combine Edge and Skype, which it purchased in 2011 for $8.5 billion. However, the most recent Edge update in the context of the escalating rise of Microsoft Teams, appears to be strange.
Microsoft Teams has emerged as the company’s flagship communication platform since the start of the epidemic and its transition to remote working. According to latest statistics, the service now has over 270 million monthly active users.
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Microsoft has provided a continuous stream of feature updates for Teams, but the platform has also been built into the company’s new Windows 11 operating system, with a Teams icon permanently attached to the taskbar. In the years gone by, it was Skype that was only once installed on the Windows platform.
Given this situation and the closure of Skype for Business in 2021, the general assumption was that Microsoft would continue to invest fewer and less resources into the Skype brand moving forward. In turn, all indicators suggest the company will strive to expand into the consumer market.
The most recent early-access Edge version suggests Skype is still alive. With the time, whether the update is a deliberate attempt to revitalize the older platform or simply an attempt to enliven the rest of the user base will become clear.
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