Skype is arguably one of the most preferred video conferencing platforms around. I personally have been hooked to Skype ever since I graduated from Yahoo Messenger a couple of years ago and ever since then its no looking back for me. The only issue as of now is that Skype does hog computing resources especially if you are using a low-end device and the app also has a tendency to slow down your booting process. Skype recently updated the extension and I was overjoyed. The very first thought that crossed my mind is that I will be able to use Skype via the Chrome browser.
Skype extension for Google Chrome
Well after installing the app it was pretty evident that the things are not all hunky-dory. To begin with, the extension cannot be used to make the video call and thus cannot be used as an alternative to the main app. The extension mostly revolves around integrating Skype with online tools that you use regularly including calendars, email, and even social media. Also with the extension, you can simply insert Skype call links in one tap in the email, calendar item and also tweets. For the sake of context, the Skype Extension already comes with features like integration with your browser, web page share options, and single tap Skype launch.
It’s also worth mentioning that logging in on the Skype extension was not an easy task especially for me, I used my usual Skype login but the extension kept telling me that it was invalid all the while I was able to log in on my Skype. As a last resort, I used my Facebook credentials to log in and voila it was done.
Skype extension for Chrome browser lets you access Skype for Web, create AMA session on Twitter, add Skype links in Emails & Share on Skype through your browser.
Creating and sending Skype Links over Email
Those of us who use Skype regularly understand the need for integration with other services. I, for instance, keep using my Gmail account to send Skype call details and now with the extension, I can simply add a Skype link while composing the emails so that the receiver can simply tap on the link and join a call.
Creating & sending Skype call links from Google or Outlook
All our appointments are saved on the calendar and most of the times we compose a separate mail containing the Skype call details. However, starting now you can simply click on an existing appointment from Google or Outlook and simply share it via an automated email, this I have to agree on works like a charm.
This is one of the best features if you have a huge fan following on Twitter or like to conduct your webinars on Twitter. Skype users can simply add a call link for “Ask Me Anything” or perhaps an open meeting whilst they are composing the Tweet. What happens next is that anyone can collaborate or raise questions by simply clicking on the AMA link, much like how it works out with Reddit. The bottom line is that the Skype Extension is indeed utilitarian but it cannot replace the main Skype app, however, both the apps work great in conjecture.
You can download it from the Chrome Store.