I'm studying in HAN University (University of Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen). There they use Windows Domain Controller systems, where each student can login with his university access account from a Desktop PCs located in the University Library or few other Computer Labs and so called room places (they use to call boxes – where students can use a Desktop PC). Each student account is automatically logged in the central Windows Controller. All PCs in the domain controller are installed to run Windows 7 and user logins are bundled with a bunch of most useful programs, out of this Administrator choosen and university needs programs one cannot install or Run programs.
Therefore one can't Install and Run Skype Desktop Installer without Administrator access on the Domain Controller (group) and since normal user accounts like mine did not have such I'm unable to use Skype. As I need Skype daily not only for enjoyment but also to communicate with people with whom I work, I needed to be able to run Skype on this PCs. I suspected online there should be some possibility to use Skype via some Software as A Service (SAS) application and actually there is the server is called IMO.IM ( http://www.imo.im ) . It is a website via which user can login to a multitude of messengers i.e. :
IMO, Skype, Gtalk, AIM / ICQ, Yahoo, Steam, Jabber, Hyves, Facebook, VKontakte
Before I use the service I was a bit sceptical, cause probably there are many websites out there which are SCAM sites to collect Skype usernames and passwords, thanksfully imo.im turned to not one of this 🙂
The interface of imo.im web Skype Clientis really great and very similar and even maybe a bit better than Skype's interface itself. Besides having support for Skype chat it also supports Skype Calls and maybe even Skype Calls with Camera?
I never tested Skype Calls though, so I can't positively confirm if they work or not, but if IMO Skype Calls are probably implemented using Adobe Flash most likely Skype calls should work fine too. Of course from security stand point it is very bad idea to login in imo.im, though password is transferred to it via ( Secure SSL https ) a person determined to sniff and decrypt your SSL connection can still do it if he tries hard. Moreover that probably imo.im, stores the login username and passwords of every user inside their database "for further reference" and "anti-fraud" government policies 🙂