A job listing reveals that Microsoft is working on a Skype web app for browsers.
A rough job listing at Microsoft is now calling for a software development engineer to join the Skype division. The listing says that the new employee will help bring Skype to web browsers, meaning we may soon see a Microsoft-based Google Voice/Chat competitor in Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers in the near future stamped with the Skype logo.
"[The] team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring [the] Skype experience to the Web [browser]," the listing reads (after a little editing). "You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions into the Web with the support of back-end services built from the ground up using [the] latest Microsoft technologies. [The] result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide."
"You will work in [a] dynamical environment with [a] team of true professionals, participating in defining, designing, developing, testing and documenting one of the most popular applications of the modern world," the listing continues. "You will closely cooperate with colleagues developing the Skype cross-platform core library in Tallinn, Estonia, the audio/video team in Stockholm, Sweden, the user management team in Prague, and the web plug-in team in Palo Alto, US."
Microsoft acquired Skype back in May 2011 for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. Since then, little else has been said about what the Redmond company planned to do with the newly-acquired VoIP service. There was fear that the popular service would become "Microsoft-ized," but CEO Steve Ballmer assured critics that there wouldn't be a drastic change to the current format, that it will be multi-platform as well as compatible with its own services like Hotmail, Xbox Live and so on.
For those interested in working on Microsoft's Skype web app for browsers, qualifications include a BS/MS in Computer Science, Information Systems or similar. You must also reside in Prague, Czech Republic, Europe. The job listing can be accessed here.