Skype Makes Leap To Outlook.com

  • Skype calls and messages
  • For US and UK customers
  • Requires a plugin

Microsoft today introduced a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com.

  • Skype calls and messages
  • For US and UK customers
  • Requires a plugin

Microsoft today introduced a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com.

The service will be made first available to US and UK customers in the coming weeks before it rolls out to the rest of the world. The service requires a one-time download of a plugin, which is available for the latest versions of IE, Chrome and Firefox.

Once the plugin has been downloaded and installed, users can connect to Outlook.com using their Microsoft account or link their existing Skype accounts to Outlook.com which will allow them to add their Skype contacts to the email service.

From there, users can make Skype video calls from their inbox. Skype contacts can be found in Outlook.com via the People page, the chat pane on the right side or in an email. The service will also support text chats which users can use to send messages to their contacts to make sure that their friends are setup for video calls.

Starting a call can is as easy as clicking a camera icon at the top right of the page. And just like in the desktop version of Skype, a notification box will pop-up for incoming calls.

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