Ok so I've noticed that a lot of people have been asking about the Chromebook support. I really like my Chromebook and it would be ideal to use the video camera to skype my friends and talk to them while I do homework. I can even just deal with GOOD Skype messaging support by a plugin in the browser or something... I've been using Skype under multiple accounts for quite some time. I really enjoy it. But I'm starting to get discouraged as my only known alternative for Skype is IM+, and it runs a bit slowly... Delayed messages and the sort.
I really don't want to have to use another messaging service. Skype has worked great for me in the past and present.
I'm going to guess I'll never get a real response here as Microsoft's support here seems rather lacking... But I'd really like a yes or no. Thank you in advance.
3 weeks ago
For now at least, Skype is not likely available for Chromebooks and there are good technical reasons for this, in addition to issues of competitiveness. The most important technical rason is that Chromebooks do not operate computer programs -- they are designed for Web-centric use. Skype is a computer program: it is downlloaded and installed. Instead, you install extensions to the Chrome OS and browser and you can install apps.
The competitive reason is clear: Google's version of video chats and messaging is Google Hangouts, which is available on all platforms and devices. It offers some improvements over Skype, principally that one can have video chats with up to 10 people for free (Skype is free for one-on-one video chats, beyond that it charges a premium subscription.
In sum, until Skype is served up as a full-deployment extention for Chrome, etc. rather than as a program, Chromebooks won't hear of it.
2 weeks ago
I've been using skype just like everyone else, have different accounts etc. But now I love my chromebook (still getting to know each other but it's a start in a new/right direction.
Would an app be possible for chromebook support ? or even just typing-messaging to and in groups on the skype website, whatever. It is causing some difficulties in transitioning to chromebook completely
Also I will investigate chromebook's hangouts -- it's supposed to be rather like but some different bells and whistles than skype.
Please support chromebook. ty