Team Skype at Microsoft has just announced via a blog post that Skype goes plugin free in Microsoft edge browser.
Skype | Edge
Skype on Edge powered by ORTC API, that comes with EdgeHTML version 13.10586 or newer in Windows 10 version 1511 built in to the browser. ORTC that is Object-Real Time Communication, a technology that World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) lighted up to enable voice calling, video chat and file sharing across browsers without the need for a plugin. The standard has been supported by other popular browsers also (except safari), however, Edge is the only browser for now that supports H.264 video codec which is necessary for Skype web without plugin to work.
People using Microsoft services such as Outlook, One drive, Office can now use Skype on the go online, on Edge with few clicks as the Skype web goes plugin free.
Today’s launch is exciting news and is the first step towards fulfilling the commitment we’ve made to support WebRTC in Skype and Skype for Business. But we want to bring seamless calling to everyone, not just people using Microsoft Edge. To make this a reality, we will continue to work on enabling audio and video inter-operability with Chrome and Firefox browsers, once they both support the H.264 video codec. – Team Skype
Browser availability: Skype for Web plugin free calling is enabled for Microsoft’s Edge browser on Windows 10 version 10.0.10586 and above.
Missing features: Some features like Screen sharing and Calling landlines and mobiles require you to install a plugin.