Microsoft rolls out new Skype for Web. Unless you use Firefox, Opera, Safari, or Linux
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- Mark Wycislik-Wilson
- Mar 8 2019
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Between this recurring behavior and Google's utilization of non-standard functionality to give Chrome the advantage on their websites, I'm really worried about the future of the web browser since Edge is turning into yet another chromium browser. I'm sticking to Firefox.
The funny thing is, that it works without issues - if you fake user agent. Microsoft just doesn't allow you to use anything other than Edge or Chrome. And trying to access the Skype for Web on Linux shouldn't work with any browser. Even Opera is forbidden, and it doesn't matter that it's Chromium based.
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Sorry for misconception, I just tested it on Chromium on Linux, and it worked. So while they said one need to use Windows 10 or MacOS 10.12 Sierra and later, it does work. cc @hamstergeddon
It drives me nuts how Linux-friendly MS tries to act these days but then they turn around and do this crap. There's also no native linux client for Teams, which is basically just a web app wrapped in electron. And it doesn't seem to be a technical limitation there either, because there are a few 3rd party offerings out there that re-wrap the web version for use as a standalone app that works functionally the same (with the exception of screensharing).