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Microsoft is planning to launch a new Skype application that can run on any Web browser available today, with the company aiming to rival search giant Google’s Hangout service.
The announcement marks the Redmond-based software giant’s first significant project since it bought the VoIP and chat company in May of last year. A job posting disclosed that it currently needs a software engineer for a position on the “Skype for Browsers” initiative.
The post indicates that interested applicants should focus work on HTML5 and Java programming, skills that are also ideal for the company’s plug-in-free Windows 8 web browser. In addition, this separates the browser-based service from the Skype video call client found on Facebook that uses an add-on, rather than HTML5.
“[The] Team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web,” the posting reads. “You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services build from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide.”
“You will work in dynamical environment with the team of true professionals participating in defining, designing, developing, testing and documenting one of the most popular applications of the modern world.”
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