The Skype company, providing IM, audio and video call functions, has announced that their services are now available via open beta.
Friday, May 5, the web company announced that they are allowing all to chat and call whomever they please, as long as they live in the U.S. or U.K. Whereas before, an individual must have been invited and accepted to be allowed to contact them.
So far, most browsers can access the open beta including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox users. Unfortunately Chromebooks cannot access the new beta. Voice and video calling functions will only work for Windows and OS X with a plug-in installation allowing the functions to run.
Though this new feature may sound scary and a bit insecure as anyone can contact you, it will make on-the-go contact much easier. If you do not travel with your computer all the time or do not have a laptop to travel with and want to video or IM a friend you can do so using an unfamiliar computer, as long as it has all the necessary features.
Since everything is online, no more need to actually download a program on a computer in order to Skype with someone. So this new beta can be very beneficial to many.
First the company will have to get full support from Chrome OS as they are on the most popular computer system people use today.
The new open beta is available now on Skype.com