Skype on Monday announced that it has updated Skype for Web with a new feature that Skype users are going to love. Now, instead of being limited to calling other Skype users, you’ll also be able to use the Web client to call cell phones. That might not seem like a big deal, but it is.
For those of us who live up in apartments, for example, sometimes cell signals don’t come in very strong. So I use Skype to place important phone calls instead of worrying about a signal dropping out. To do so, I need to boot up the full-fledged client so that I can call a mobile phone. Now, with the update, I can just boot up the much less resource-intensive web version of Skype to place the same phone call. It’s also convenient for folks who use computers abroad in coffee shops where they might be renting time on a computer but can’t install apps such as Skype without administrator privileges.
Skype’s update also lets users watch YouTube videos right inside of the chat client without leaving the website, enables the option to share conversations with other people, and includes a new notification system that will allow you to see incoming calls and messages if you switch tabs.