Microsoft Job Ads Hint at Web-based Skype Service

Pulkit Chandna

Skype is virtually everywhere. There are native Skype clients for almost all major platforms, from the PC to mobile devices to connected TVs. But what about the Web? After all, it too is an apps platform, and a powerful one at that. Even though a browser-based version of Skype doesn’t exist at the moment, recent job postings by Microsoft have revealed that an effort to remedy this situation is already underway.

“Team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web,” reads a recent Microsoft job ad . “You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions onto 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.
You will work in dynamical environment with the team of true professionals participating in defining, designing, developing, testing and documenting one of the most popular applications of the modern world.”

Microsoft wants someone well versed in developing “HTML5 UI’s including rich interaction based on JavaScript.” Does this mean that the upcoming “Skype for Browsers” will be based on WebRTC ? Taking into account WebRTC’s popularity among browser vendors, there seems to be a strong  possibility of that happening. However, it is too early to say anything with any degree of certainty.

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