Use Skype Online, No Need For Desktop Client

Recently I needed to voice chat with one of my friends today on Skype but didn’t want to download the desktop client. There are some situations where you don’t want to install the desktop client and I fell in one of them. Personally, I never use Skype client on netbook, this is because there are already some apps running and Skype would eat additional memory.

Suppose you have a borrowed laptop or netbook, how would you Skype with your friends without having to download, install, and finally uninstall the desktop client? What if you are sitting on a public computer and need to quickly voice chat with someone over Skype?

The desktop client of Skype for Mac, Linux, and Windows is now history. Meet Imo.im, the latest web service that is silently building a killer platform. We reviewed it last week, but the need didn’t arise until today.

imom.im skype

Select Skype, enter the username/password, and hit Sign On. Wait a few seconds and you are in. Login time for Skype desktop client is more than 30 seconds on my side with a 4Mbit connection, while Imo.im was able to login within 10 seconds. Should we call this impressive?


imo.im skype 2

Select the friend with whom you want to voice chat or video chat from the right-sidebar and hit the respective link given on top of the chat dialog window. You can also share a file in just two clicks.

So how was the voice quality? In my friend’s own words, “Voice quality is a little low when compared with desktop client but is very understandable.” and I tend to agree. This could be either because Imo.im is trying to make voice chat seamless(by reducing quality) or due to the fact that my friend was using Skype on his iPhone.

In conclusion, I would stay that it is one great way to make a quick voice or video call without wasting any further time. The minimalist design combined with great functionality makes Imo.im a sort of online Skype messenger.

Imo.im

If you know of any other service that supports Skype, do let us know and we will give it a shot. Enjoy!

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  • pampero43

    From the IMO site…
    “For example, in order to provide the linked accounts service to you, we may save your usernames and passwords to the various instant messaging services.”

    I’m not ready to trust this site with my passwords…

    • http://twitter.com/ltGuillaume Willem Nuijen

      That will ONLY happen if you link multiple accounts together, not when you just use – for example – the Skype account.

  • pampero43

    From the IMO site…
    “For example, in order to provide the linked accounts service to you, we may save your usernames and passwords to the various instant messaging services.”

    I'm not ready to trust this site with my passwords…

  • https://imo.im/ Praveen

    @pampero43: We do not save your passwords, unless you choose to link your accounts by clicking on 'link accounts'. Linked accounts is an optional feature where you can login to multiple accounts automatically by logging in to a single account.

    https://imo.im/help.html#20
    https://imo.im/help.html#3

  • http://twitter.com/ltGuillaume Willem Nuijen

    That will ONLY happen if you link multiple accounts together, not when you just use – for example – the Skype account.

  • http://twitter.com/ltGuillaume Willem Nuijen

    That will ONLY happen if you link multiple accounts together, not when you just use – for example – the Skype account.

    • Jill

      How can you link the accounts together

  • beachlove

    can anyone please tell me how i can get my skype username and password if i have forgotten it.

  • tdrtd

    mine is not working. wtf

  • gal1n

    it works amazingly smooth and nice :) 10x for shared info it was useful :)

    • dedon

      i will like to have in all six

    • hassan

      cerco amicizia

  • Billybob

    this is excellent! I can finally chat at work! thanks!

    • Asanka

      hi how are you?

      • aden

        Hey Asanka i,m aden hope we can be friends!

      • salman

        i am fine how about you ?

  • alice

    can we start a conference chat with 2 or 3 friends using the web based skype messenger?

    • john

      yes we can

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    • http://skype sahil

      helloo sahil here wan a be friend

    • kadi

      you welcom in my profile skype ; kadivic

  • vadim

    this doesnt work anymore it says theres an error !!!!

    CGI Error
    No response from imo.im:443

  • http://travel-adventurez.com mpempe

    skype portable on a flashdisk will do the trick works just as well as the main version. just google skype portable or go to portableapps.com

  • krispy

    I can’t get the conference chat to work…it’s only working with single chats :(

  • philooo35

    Philo in d house

    • aden

      Hey Philooo bro!! Ta names aden redman bro!

  • sugandh

    imo.im is not working
    is there anything else like websurfing for skype

    this is the error hellllllllll man……..i thought i got something to….

    The proxy server is refusing connections

    Firefox is configured to use a proxy server that is refusing connections.
    * Check the proxy settings to make sure that they are correct.
    * Contact your network administrator to make sure the proxy server is
    working.

  • WeeJo

    How cool is this site, cheers all :)

  • iVa

    I can’t start a conference chat!!! can someone tell me if there is other sites like imo, but where i can start a conference chats if you know HELPPP MEEE
    btw thx

  • reza
  • http://tinyurl.com/HaydenPoetry Vesane Vates

    I like the design and convenience, although my voice chat hasn’t worked for me in skype – it can’t access my camera for some reason – not sure if it’s because of eee-pc, linux or chrome, but it’s certainly a handy site!

  • Nat

    The only bad thing about it is group conversations show up as individual chats with each member of the group. :\

    • aden

      That,s really bad is,nt it. too bad!

  • http://www.jigneshbapna.com Jignesh

    This was cool information .

    I really like it.

    Nice information and links on skpe online messager

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    this is awsome for me

  • szabi

    skype is free?

  • jani karamat

    skype is free?

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      hihahahahahah

  • farah.alami3

    hayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • manee19861

      hello h r u can u tell me how i can use skhye free chating and hoe to send request onther people

    • wajiyanon

      hy

  • Person

    when i talk on my skype, my friend said that my voice was like in slow-mo and umm.. it sounded manly? o-o so yeah.. TT^TT

  • imtiazlale

    hi

  • georgia

    i like being with my family

  • stacey

    it cool.

  • shalem chloe c jugan

    i don’t know how to download skype

  • atif

    how i can instal skype

  • thushara palitha

    i want get back my old massage and all detail of my skype account . the case is i just remove my skype softwear and download new soft wear but i didnt get my old im and old massage from my contacts i want get back my all details and massage back to my new skype any one can help me for get back my old details

  • Sahil

    Salam

    If anybdy wana be a decent friend ship a nice guy here

  • fahad

    hey how are you guys.

  • khaled

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  • Joe-Bob

    im not sure how it works, i dont uderstant the first step, how are you supposed to do that? i dont have skype on this computer but on another one, what am i supposed to click?

  • Richelle

    i dont know how to get my messages

  • deepli

    i don’t know how to download skype

  • Bantoo

    Skype is great

  • Justme

    Don’t tell me you can use this thing to call your computerless mother on her regular housephone from a wifiready Android phone on which Skype Android runs but is unloginable?

  • sana zia

    i dont understand hoow can i open a skype online messanger bocoz when i click on skype…it doesnot work…..plzz tell me

  • dhanesh mane

    cool cool website. There is some problem on my machine due to which skype is not working. I did lots of research to find out reason, but some how m not able to figure out the reason. N found this site imo.im . works perfect.
    thanks for sharing such a nice info.

  • Suzan

    Its cool 2 hear hw pple feel.

  • ibrahim baloch

    verry nice

  • Sabuj Ahmed

    Really I am searching such way to use skype without installing the skype software. Thanks for help me by showing this way.

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  • Ranja

    Nice….

  • good

    what up

  • Onelitlgrl

     What?

  • Oliviajoneselliott

    i find skype very handy for talking to my friends instead of wasting my phone credit

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    gjad

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    GANDA NG SKYPE FIRST TIME LANG NAMIN KABABAGO PA LANG NAMING GUMAWA NG SKYPE ACCOUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D

  • bonke

    does proline computer support skyper? cz ive tried several times to download it bt still doesnt wanna work! wat shuld i do???

  • Subodh

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    i want to chating with skype friend.

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  • terenga satoka

    hi i want to online in the skype

    • amertaha

      my name is Amer I am 20 years ago and I live in Egypt if you agree with me my Skype is amertaha7

  • terenga satoka

    is the skype free

  • notSURE

    It’s a big explosion nowadays in privacy related sites. They all want to save, or otherwise store something… like Facebook – government profiling database (admitted on opera), & this site, that just happens to ADMIT the intention out front. (Doesn’t care about loosing customers). It’s all some concerted effort to get everyone’s email, & private data to maybe add to an “Ultra Awesome Personel Database” for the gov/CIA/NSA. Seems like major $$$ is being dumped out from the Gov to either start, or otherwise run such sites. Once a site, or service has the right idea, the suddenly get flooded with government cash, or get bought out. Like this little (yea… right) site.

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  • kamine

    ok
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  • steve

    they don’t support skype anymore :(

  • Amy

    :( it doesn’t work for me maybe other people but not me