Firefox customers who attempt to open the web version of Skype within the Firefox browser run right into a wall at present as a result of Microsoft claims it’s not supported.
If you attempt to open the web page in Firefox or another non-Chromium-based non-Microsoft Edge browser, you’re greeted with a “browser not supported ” message.
Update: this has been happening for about 2 years apparently.
According to the message, Skype for Web helps solely Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Microsoft asks customers to both use one in all these browsers — or different Chromium-based browser with out stating so explicitly — or use the desktop program as a substitute. A hyperlink to the desktop model of Skype is offered.
Skype for Web is offered as a preview at present, and it’s attainable that Microsoft will unlock it for different browsers, e.g. Firefox by Mozilla, when the net service exits the preview section. It is equally attainable that Microsoft will not achieve this.
Microsoft does not reveal why Firefox is not supported. It is probably going that Microsoft checks the person agent of the connecting browser and makes use of it to find out whether or not customers get the “browser not supported” message or entry to the Skype for Web preview.
Firefox customers who change the browser’s user agent utilizing to that of a supported internet browser, e.g. Google Chrome, will not obtain the not supported message however can use the service simply advantageous.
Note: I did not take a look at all options and it’s attainable that some options might not work in Firefox as a result of technical limitations. It is equally attainable that all the things works and that Microsoft blocks Firefox for different causes.
This is not the primary time that main corporations restrict entry to web sites to sure browsers; Google has the habit of limiting new providers to Chrome first earlier than it makes them obtainable to different browsers. Microsoft restricted entry to sure providers up to now as nicely.
There are two foremost the reason why corporations restrict entry to internet providers to sure browsers:
- due to technical limitations.
- as a result of they need to push sure browsers.
Has Microsoft’s resolution to switch Microsoft Edge to the Chromium engine in 2019 one thing to do with the choice? I contacted Microsoft to search out out extra concerning the blocking of Firefox however have not heard but again.
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