Vivaldi supports Skype video calls on the web

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Roland Taylor
published Oct. 7, 2016, 4:49 p.m.

Just a quick post to let you know that Skype Video calls are supported on Vivaldi. I've tested this on the latest snapshot build but if I'm not mistaken it should work on the current release of Vivaldi as well.

Now, I'm not sure how long this has been the case, but I assume it's pretty recent, since I normally use Opera (yeah I know, I said I wouldn't, but I've been forced to in recent times since it's the lightest browser on my current system - though Vivaldi is catching up) and it didn't show up there before.

So, why do video calls suddenly work in this Chrome-based browser, but not say, on Firefox or Opera or Desktop Skype (the new, electron-based version)?

My friend, I don't know.

Microsoft seems to be suffering from a case of schizophrenia (no offence to anyone with the actual condition intended). First, they bought Skype (a company that already exhibited terrible support for Linux), then promised a better experience that never actually manifested (if we're honest with ourselves). Now, they've got so many versions of-, plans for- and platforms of- Skype, that it's hard to tell whether there is even a single dedicated leader or team behind the recent decisions that have been made concerning this popular VOIP application (and the platform behind it).

Well, at least support for video calls in Vivaldi should be good news for those of us who've made the jump to this modern, highly customizable, but not quite open source browser for power users (sorry for the mouthful :).

Do let me know if you are able to get it to work on any other Chromium-based (or not) browsers out there!