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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!

91 Comments

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

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  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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