Skype Set To Launch Web-based Client

Skype may be months away from launching web-based service that will allow users to use browser plugins rather than a dedicated client like it has always done in the past.

Techcrunch wrote that the VoIP giant may be in touch with Linkedin for a possible integration, which would be the third social networking website to partner with Skype after Myspace and Facebook.

One source told Techcrunch that Skype will not use a full HTML5 solution and will follow Google's footsteps in proposing a plugin-based solution at least for a foreseeable future.

Skype will also introduce a number of premium features including SMS and advanced telephony features on top of its current set of options currently available.

Interestingly, there are also rumours pointing to Skype encouraging partners and affiliates to "drive" customers towards premium features on which they can get a cut (not unlike affiliates).

Such a move will put Skype in direct competition with Google and may even attract some interest from Cisco who may view Skype as an attractive acquisition with its 500 milliion users worldwide.