Use Skype Web Client For Linux With These Few Easy Steps
Microsoft has literally left Skype for Linux to wither out and die. The Redmond-based company hasn’t updated the cross communication platform for Linux since 2014 and after two years in the wilderness receiving little to no updates, the program’s functions, even those that worked before, are pouring out all sorts of issues.
Linux client of Skype has been behind other platforms even before Microsoft left it to the wolves and the software has fallen even further since then.
But if you are someone who still loves Skype and don’t want to wait around for Microsoft to dust off their tools and start working on the web capability bug blocking Linux users, then you are in luck as there is now a very simple workaround.
Microsoft seemingly retired the need to use a plugin when using the Skype web calling features with the launch of its Microsoft Edge web browser.
“Plugin-free calling in Edge is the first step towards an interoperable, standards-based calling experience in Skype and Skype for Business so that Skype users on any modern platform can communicate without the need for plugins or downloads” stated Microsoft.
With the Edge browser getting a plugin to make Skype voice calls via its web client is a thing of the past. Though the Edge browser isn’t available on Linux at the moment, a new easy technic that exploits this is now available through Firefox.
All it requires is to follow these few easy steps
Install User Agent Overrider Firefox add-on
Set the user agent to Windows / Edge
Go to web.skype.com
Allow access to microphone and notifications
Make a Skype test call and adjust audio levels based on the recording
And voila, you are set.
An important note to keep in mind is that video calling isn’t supported at the moment and Group testing hasn’t been extensively tested but everything else works like a charm.