Wednesday, 06 March 2019 10:45

Skype on Web support for Firefox on Windows, Linux ends

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Skype can no longer be accessed on the Web using the Firefox browser on both Linux and Windows, as of Wednesday morning. The same applies to Opera.

A message pops up, advising the user to switch to either Google's Chrome browser or Microsoft's Edge.

Browsers like Brave and Vivaldi, though not mentioned, still support the use of the Web version of Skype.

Some reports claim that support for Firefox was dropped a long time back but until Tuesday this writer was using Skype on the Web through Firefox on Linux. Skype on the Web also worked on Windows 10 last evening.

A message that reads as follows been shown for some time, soon after logging in: “Support for this version of Skype for Web is coming to an end. A new preview version is available now for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome with HD video calling, call recording and much more."

This morning, the following message appeared:

skype support gone

Some time back, Microsoft announced that it was adopting the Chromium engine for Edge and this change is probably why Skype on the Web no longer works with browsers based on other engines.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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