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Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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6/8/2015 | 10:16:19 PM
Re: opening up Microsoft's Walled gardens
It might have been that Appear.In was forced upon employees because, Skype was not on WebRTC. Now that the WebRTC version has been released, things could change.

This was the first time that I have heard of Appear.In, I guess the software is new and it is not surprising to see that their Facebook page only has around 6,900 users. However, it is surprising to see that the firm is actually fixing bugs based on user comments on their page. 
Brian.Dean
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6/8/2015 | 9:56:18 PM
Re: WebRTC
Agreed -- there is hope and millions of user will welcome Skype on their Chromebook. In the meanwhile, I can't have but wonder whether there are hard technical problems associated with enabling Skype on the ChromeOS or the lack of availability is due to Google pushing Hangout over Skype and Microsoft pushing Windows/iOS/Android -- every OS expect for the ChromeOS.
Brian.Dean
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6/8/2015 | 9:43:08 PM
Re: WebRTC
That is an interesting point. I will have to test the web version of Skype on a mobile device to see whether it is capable of taking control of all the sensors. For instance, if the face sensor is not accessible by the software then, it would create some problems.
danielcawrey
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6/8/2015 | 1:54:22 PM
Re: WebRTC
I liked the UI update when Skype came out with a new version for Mac recently. But I have to say, isn't it a bit late for Microsoft to be releasing Skype for web? 

I guess now is better than never, and I could see a lot of integrations being implemented between Skype for web and some of Microsoft's other product offerings. Because I don't see user behavior changing in a way where people are going to go in droves to the Skype website for calls, messaging and video chat. 
Pablo Valerio
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6/8/2015 | 11:17:33 AM
Re: WebRTC
I tried to use my Skype account on my ChromeOS devices (I have a Acer Chomebook and a Cromebox). It says that is not available for my devices yet. There is hope!
Li Tan
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6/8/2015 | 11:02:44 AM
Re: WebRTC
The web-based version should be handy to use. But as a mobile internet fun, I prefer to have an Android/iOS app installed so that I can use it to make phone calls.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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6/7/2015 | 10:33:00 PM
opening up Microsoft's Walled gardens
For some *strategic* odd reason, our corporate IT administration has disallowed SKYPE.

We are forced to use Appear.In - a web RTC app. Works most of the time. Sucks some of the time.

So I believe this will get very popular, very quickly. 

Its good to see Nadella's trategy of opening up Microsoft's Walled Garden getting full execution across all its acquisitions.
Brian.Dean
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6/7/2015 | 1:24:03 AM
WebRTC
Google demonstrated the power of WebRTC by creating the Cube Slam game. Skype on WebRTC is another and extremely useful addition of software on WebRTC. However, it will be interesting to see if this will enable Skype to function on a Chromebook.

If Skype is not supported at the moment through WebRTC on a Chromebook then, I guess users will have to wait a little more for full android app support to be enabled on Chromebooks.


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