Today Microsoft announced that Skype will start to roll out a service on the Web. Skype for Web will allow users to chat, video call, and manage contacts from a web browser without having to download the Skype app. Microsoft is currently offering Skype for Web as a beta to select users. To participate in the Skype for Web beta, Microsoft says to log on to Skype.com where the browser based version of the video calling will be and check for an invitation. The company says its making invitations available to a small number of users to start and will expand to users worldwide “in the coming months.” Mac users with access to the Skype for Web beta will also want to be aware of some known issues with the beta. Microsoft says the Skype for Web beta can make outgoing calls take longer than normal to go out, battery consumption when running Skype for Web on a Mac is currently a known issue. Also for Mac users, Skype for Web is compatible with Safari 6 and higher so once you receive an invitation, you should be able to access it from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher. Skype for Web is also compatible with the latest version of Chrome and Firefox as well as Internet Explorer 10 for Windows. Skype for Web is rolling out now in beta and will be available through Skype.com.