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A lot of people like Chromebook. A lot of people love Skype. For those of you out there who have been told Skype can’t be used on Chromebook, I’m going to show you it can be done!

What You Need To Set Up Skype Online

Do you have a Microsoft account? If you’ve used Skype before, or a variety of other Microsoft products, the answer is yes. Moving on.

Do you have access to the Internet? I’m going to assume if you’re reading this, the answer is yes. That’s all you need to start chatting with your friends on Skype. On a side note, you don’t need a Chromebook for this method to work – you can access Skype in other browsers too How To Make Skype Calls Via Your Browser How To Make Skype Calls Via Your Browser If you hate opening up apps you've probably realised that Skype is one of those things you generally forget to open. Well, you can get Skype in your browser. Read More .

Getting Started

Introducing your Skype-on-a-Chromebook interface, http://people.live.com, homepage shown below.

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I know – it doesn’t look like much, and it doesn’t give you a clue about its services, but just keep going. Simply log in with your Microsoft account, and you’ll be looking at a screen something like this:

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In the upper-right corner of the screen you’ll see your name, and a chat icon you can toggle on and off, which will reveal the Connect to Skype sidebar.

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Click on the large Skype logo and a window will appear inviting you to merge your Skype and Microsoft accounts together (if they aren’t already). Proceed according to the instructions.

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The Skype Interface

From here, you can access your Skype contacts for instant messaging. Personally, I like to separate this tab from my other Chrome tabs and shrink it to just the contacts list, and leave it on the right-side of my Chromebook screen, as though it was a separate app.

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You’ll see your Recent Contacts at the top of the Contacts list, then your Favourite Contacts, and finally, the complete list. If someone messages you while you’re not looking at a conversation with that person, their most recent message will fly-in from the right and hover over the contacts list to notify you.

To engage in a group conversation, all you have to do is start a conversation with one person, and then click the plus (+) button to add more people.

Changing the Colour

The online Skype experience takes a leaf out of Windows 8’s design with flat squares in bright colours. In Live People, chat messages will be in orange bubbles.

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If you aren’t a fan of the colour, you can switch to Outlook.com to see the chat bubbles in blue, or one of the other Microsoft online services (you’re able to access them all by clicking on the little arrow in the upper-left corner of the screen by the title “People”).

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See Multiple Conversations at Once

One small drawback in this service is there’s no obvious way to see multiple conversations at once. However, there’s an easy workaround for that.

To see more than one conversation at once, bring up the context menu (right click) on the Live People tab holding your Skype conversation, and click ‘Duplicate’. Voila, now you have two ‘Skype windows’! That way, you can have one conversation with one person in one Chrome tab, and a different conversation in a different tab, and you can have them on-screen at the same time.

Video Calling Workaround

If someone tries to call or video-call you, you will hear the ring and get a notification, but on a Chromebook you won’t be able to install the plugin for the Skype Web Experience. That plugin is for Windows or Mac only (the .msi file is a Windows-only install file), so it won’t download or install on a Chromebook. So, when you get a video call, I recommend sending the caller an instant message back to say that you can’t take calls on Skype at the moment, and suggest an alternative video-chatting service.

There are lots of good things to be said for Google Hangouts 5 Reasons Google Hangouts Are Cooler Than Skype For Video Chats 5 Reasons Google Hangouts Are Cooler Than Skype For Video Chats Hangouts is Google's take on chat rooms. Like many times before, Google has turned a good idea into something incredibly useful, while preserving simplicity and ease of use and thus making it fantastic. In this... Read More , so if you need video conferencing, give it a try. If Google Hangouts isn’t for you, there are numerous other video-calling options you can use to enjoy face-to-face contact when you can’t meet people in person.

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Appear.in is an excellent, free HTML5 video conferencing service Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Appear.in Is Here & It's Really Good Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Appear.in Is Here & It's Really Good People have been crying out for a decent video conferencing app for ages. We thought that was Google Plus. We were wrong. Meet Appear.in. Read More we reviewed before.

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Alternatively, you may find IMO to be the perfect video, audio, and IM chat service for your needs IMO Goes After Skype and Google Hangouts With Video and Audio Chatting IMO Goes After Skype and Google Hangouts With Video and Audio Chatting IMO just launched a newly designed interface, adding both video and voice calling functionality to its former IM platform. On top of this, it looks like a cross between Google Plus and Facebook. Read More , even though they dropped support for third-party services IMO Drops Third-Party Messaging Networks: Save Your History Now IMO Drops Third-Party Messaging Networks: Save Your History Now Instant Messaging app imo just announced they will end support for all third-party messaging networks on March 3rd. Users have until March 7th to retrieve their data, which imo.im has made easy. Read More  in March 2014.

If you really must have Skype video calls on your Chromebook, it’s possible to do so by installing Linux on your Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook Do you need Skype on your Chromebook? Do you miss not having access to games through Steam? Are you pining to use VLC Media Player? Then start using Linux on your Chromebook. Read More and using Skype under Linux.

Why is Skype a Must-Have?

What’s the key thing about Skype that keeps you coming back, that no other service can compete with? (Or maybe one of these six free Skype alternatives Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 Of The Best Free Alternatives Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 Of The Best Free Alternatives Five years ago, if you would’ve asked me for recommendations on a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) program, there was only one program available: Skype. If for whatever reason you no longer want to use... Read More actually can compete.) Is it just that all your contacts are there and you don’t want to have to migrate to a new service, or do you rely on Skype for video conferencing?

Is this method ‘enough Skype’ to make a Chromebook worth your while Looking For A New Laptop? Get A Chromebook Instead! Looking For A New Laptop? Get A Chromebook Instead! Read More ?

  1. Rick Evans
    May 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    This is why so many people are putting linux on their Chromebooks. The Chrome OS is actually a customized locked down version of linux. Also you don't get any tools to compile application for it. That sux. But you can install Crouton along side the chrome os It is a pretty slim lightweight version of linux. Just like Mac OS is a highly morphed (bloated) version of open BSD. No pirates will always be pie rats just like bill g. Now this will install some packages from linux distributions and it will work provided all the file dependencies are met. Those extra files will download automatically as needed but too much bloat will crash your Crouton so don't go crazy with it. I haven't tried Crouton with skype on it yet but i am going to google it.

  2. William
    February 22, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Chrome Notebook Sucks I'm just going to throw mine away
    it's pointless you cant download nothing that has to do with windows
    which is EVERYTHING

    • John
      April 22, 2015 at 12:44 am

      William,
      If you haven't thrown your Chromebook away, then throw it my way. I love mine and I have downloaded/uploaded almost all of my Windows files, pictures, and music to it. I recently had to replace my old PC and I don't know why I spent that money. It sits on my desk rarely used except for Skype. This little $200.00 Chromebook is the best investment I ever made. Hope you give it another try.
      John

    • Christopher Chen
      June 14, 2015 at 2:19 am

      William
      Bro, I can play MC on my chrome book and some other windows games. If you are reading this. Search up How to get linux on chrome book and i can play GTA V on it by adding space and RAM to it. Hopefully you haven't tossed your chrome book away. You still can do many stuff with it.
      <3 Chris

  3. Amy
    February 12, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Doesn't work for me dude

  4. Bill
    January 22, 2015 at 9:16 am

    To summarise.
    Question: How do I use Skype for voice and video on a Chromebook?
    Answer: Use an alternative product.

  5. Jay
    January 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I agree. Total waste of my time here.

  6. carmex
    January 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I agree with Tara. Total waste of my time.

  7. ultraLord
    December 30, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I agree with Tara. Total waste of my time.

  8. oshunluvr
    December 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I agree with Tara. Total waste of my time.

  9. Tara
    December 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    This article is misleading. I got through the entire thing only to come to end and see that all that set up only allowed me to instant message via skype. This was a waste of time!

  10. Shae
    November 25, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I have a chromebook and this does NOT work!

  11. kwamel
    November 21, 2014 at 3:33 am

    For some reason I cant get the messenger to work, ive merged my skype with my microsoft account. I got all the way up to the would you like to install the plug in ( i said no). And it just brought my back to the people page on the people.live.com and I just find a way to message people.

  12. Derek
    November 9, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Found an interesting project here: skypeforchromebook.com. Looks like a demo, but other than sending video, everything works. I wish it was a service by Google or Microsoft (though I don't think MSFT loves the idea of running Skype on Chromebook, they like people to have to buy Windows.)

  13. Testuser
    September 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    For chromebook users which are unable to install any applications, this is really nice as well: jitsi.org/Projects/JitsiMeet

    It's like WebRTC, but better.

  14. Testuser
    September 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for this article! I will keep it in my mind, an official browser version is really nice. But since Microsoft had disabled older Skype versions since 1. August, I'm rarely using Skype anymore. Skype 4.2 was released in 2011 and it was pure peer to peer, with less memory usage and no advertisement. The new versions are from my view so bloated, and I don't see any good reason why Microsoft has disabled the connection for older Skype versions, except that they needed to force the new backdoors for everyone. Also I don't understand why these new Skype versions have a bug since months that some of my contacts seem to be "semi-online". But they are offline. This wasn't the case with Skype 4.2 (Windows) and Skype for Symbian.

    Also thanks a lot for your link with these Skype alternatives. Jitsi is in any case if you are worried about your data worth a try, because it's open source as well like Ekiga, which isn't mentioned in the linked article.

  15. Jessica C
    September 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Hi everybody,
    You may also be interested in this workaround/hack to get Skype on Chromebook: https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk
    With a bit of explanation over here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2686712/run-any-android-app-on-your-chromebook-with-this-hack.html
    Happy Skyping,
    Jessica

  16. Stonewall
    September 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    What about the new APK Packager for android apps?

    • Charles R
      September 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      It's my understanding that Google is moving slowly on that front. There's a page geared towards developers, but anyone can use, to submit the play.google._____ android app url that they would like to see come to chrome os. I'm guessing Skype is going to be a highly requested app for conversion.

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