The move will allow anyone using Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 to make voice and video calls using Skype for Web without having to mess around installing plug-ins or waiting for Java applets (ed: sigh) to load.
It's possible through the Object RTC API preview for Microsoft Edge, which has been rolled out to Windows 10 preview build 10547 and will appear in a final build later this year, according to a post on Microsoft's Skype blog.
ORTC is an open project between Microsoft, Google and others, so the door is open for rival browsers to introduce plugin-less Skype compatibility, though none have confirmed that such a plan is in the works.
However, Chrome, Safari and Firefox support WebRTC standards, which Microsoft said will allow it to offer "similar plug-in-less experiences where possible in most scenarios".
Microsoft added: "Our goal is to build an implementation that is interoperable across the web today as well as with the real-time communications industry in the long term."
The company said it's also working on a plug-in-less version of Skype for Business for Edge users, though a release date is yet to be confirmed.
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