When Microsoft (News - Alert) acquired Skype last year, industry pundits weren’t surprised, since Skype (News - Alert) gave Microsoft a chance to compete in the enterprise collaboration market and incorporate Skype in their future versions of Windows Mobile operating system. All this was conjecture, though, and Microsoft really didn’t reveal it big plans for Skype until now.
A recent job posting reveals the Think Tank at Microsoft is on the lookout for a software engineer to develop "Skype for Browsers.” This has led industry experts to believe that Microsoft is serious about competing with services like Google’s (News - Alert) Hangout and is in the process of launching their own browser-based Skype application. This listing indicates that the application in question would be based around HTML5 and Java technologies, making it a perfect fit for the company's plug-in free Windows 8 Web browser.
"[The] Team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web,” according to the job listing. “You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the Web with the support of the backend services build from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide."
The application will be different from the Skype video call client, found on social-networking Web sites like Facebook (News - Alert), as the latter uses a plug-in and not HTML5. The idea here is to provide a better and a more intuitive user experience, and provide an alternate solution to those who don’t want to deal with the desktop software. The Skype for Browsers experience would also be used by the Metro version of IE10 on Windows 8.
Microsoft is currently silent on this development, and no further details are available.
Edited by Braden Becker