Skype is a messaging program from Microsoft that allows you to send texts for free and make calls over the Internet using voice, images and video. The service is available in the form of a desktop application and also directly on the web, through a specific address. Skype for desktop or web are very similar, but there are still some different features between the two versions.
Therefore, it is interesting to know them to know which is the most suitable for the profile of each user. Check out the advantages of Skype for desktop and the web version of the messenger below.
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Skype web or desktop? Check differences between the versions of the messenger Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft
The Skype desktop application download is available for Mac computers and PCs with Windows or other operating systems. The program works with conversations via text, audio and video in pairs or in groups of up to 25 members. It is still possible to transfer files in the cloud and supports up to 300 MB. For those who like to save the history of conversations, it is a very useful service with plenty of storage space.
The Skype application also allows you to share your PC screen natively during chat, right in the chat window, with the other person in the conversation. This feature is not present in the online version of the messenger.
Skype desktop application makes group video calls Photo: Divulgao / Skype
Another advantage of Skype for desktop is that it now has the support of bots, which are artificial intelligence programs that can search for news, summarize pages on the internet, play games and even chat via text messages. The interaction is very similar to that of a real person.
When looking for new contacts, you can view the number of mutual friends. In addition, every user has access to an exclusive notification panel through which it is possible to access any mention made to their name in any Skype group.
The main advantage of Skype web is that it eliminates the need to install the program, that is, just access it through the browser to use it. This solution helps a lot those who have little storage space on the PC. Another advantage of Skype web is that the conversation history is automatically saved and it displays the entire list of contacts registered in the user's profile.
Login page for Skype web Photo: Reproduo / Mirella Stivani
To access these functions and more, such as video calls, you will first need to login with your Skype account. Or, allow access to be made from your Facebook profile information. It is worth mentioning that this form of login via the social network is only available on Skype web. In the mandatory desktop application you will have an existing registration on the Microsoft website, or on other services such as Xbox Live, Office Online, OneDrive, Outlook.com and Windows.
When using the webcam on Skype web, the browser must ask the user's authorization to complete the action. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the pop-up blocker. If you find it more practical, already unblock all activities for Skype using your browser’s privacy settings.
Skype for Web was just a beta version of the messenger before it was released to all users Photo: Reproduction / Skype
Skype web does not require a plugin installation and works in different browsers such as Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Regarding the operating system, online access is available on Windows XP or higher, and macOS version 10.9 or later.
In addition to the desktop or web version, the Skype mobile app can be downloaded on Android and iPhone (iOS) phones, tablets and even wearables. The platform also has a work-oriented model, Skype for Business, which has other specific functions for the employees employed.
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