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Microsoft’s Skype integration continues with the latest addition of Skype to the company’s Outlook.com email service. This new Skype integration is just a preview for now, and will only be available in the UK at this time. In the next few weeks, users in the US and Germany will be able to enjoy the preview as well, with the rest of the world joining them “in the coming months”.

Skype for Outlook.com brings video and audio calls to Outlook.com’s interface, making it possible to initiate Skype calls right from your inbox. So next time you’re writing an email and suddenly realize text is just not enough, you should be able to start a voice or video chat with just a click or two.

In case you’re not familiar with it, Outlook.com is Microsoft’s newest version of Web email service, and was launched last year Microsoft Rolls Out Outlook.com Email Service [Updates] Microsoft Rolls Out Outlook.com Email Service [Updates] Microsoft is finally looking to put Hotmail to rest with the introduction of their new email service called Outlook.com. Hotmail has been a staple of many email users for a long time, and it has... Read More as a replacement for the seasoned Hotmail.

In order to try out the preview of Skype for Outlook.com, you will have to install a browser plugin which is currently available for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. You will also have to link your Skype account to your Outlook.com account, thus merging your Microsoft and Skype accounts. If you’ve already done this — as preparation for Window Live Messenger’s demise Microsoft Discontinues Messenger & Migrates Users To Skype Instead [Updates] Microsoft Discontinues Messenger & Migrates Users To Skype Instead [Updates] Starting March 15, Windows Live Messenger will be no more. Instead, you’ll find all your Messenger contacts waiting for you on Skype, whether you’re already using it or not. This will take effect everywhere in... Read More , for example — you should be all set. Linking your Skype account will add your Skype contacts to your Outlook.com contacts.

Do you like the idea of Skype and email integration? If you’re in the UK, let us know what you think of Skype for Outlook.com!

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Source: Skype Blog

  1. Eversurfer
    May 8, 2013 at 4:00 am

    What I find interesting MS Hotmail and Skype where both Berkeley UNIX BSD Ports - not Linux or MS, but at one time compatible with Linux - then became MS owned, and through good code commits have become giant successes in regards to how the design concepts grew and morphed. So it seems many have short memories - Now the messaging component and email will roll up into Skype - Hotmail - MS - just a name. I'm sure that the current state of the code is probably without resemblance, but who cares - its the concept that worked, evolved, and now arrived with great success and distribution of users. I would only hope that MS would continue to honor the open source roots and makes it as compatible for BSD / LINUX or others, because that is what the original concept was "open"!

  2. sumon
    May 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    sd rubel

  3. Kuriakopoulos Marios
    May 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    well they could first fix the problems they already have! i have noticed that last weeks skype has become most crappier than ever!! was much better before microsoft!

  4. macwitty
    May 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Sweet, look forward to get it in more countries

  5. michel
    May 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    If this means I'll no longer have to install the buggy unstable resource-hogging desktop app, I'll be very pleased.

  6. Austin Beatty
    May 1, 2013 at 3:12 am

    A browser plugin? Of course, let me guess: Silverlight? If not, then I bet it's Windows only regardless. No thanks, I'll stick to Google Talk if that's the case. I'd try it out but I'm not in the UK.

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 1, 2013 at 5:36 am

      They actually didn't specify, but I doubt it's Silverlight, as they're trying to get rid of it I think. It could be Windows only, although it wouldn't be a smart move. I guess we'll have to wait until someone in the UK tries it to find out. :)

    • pete
      May 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      No way it will be Silverlight. Why do you rule out something that could be brilliantly productive and useful without even knowing what it is?

      Fanboys suck.

      • Austin Beatty
        May 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Because even if it's not Silverlight, I can be 95% sure it won't be Linux compatible, making it completely useless for me. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I'm not optimistic. But I had hoped by now, that we had finally gotten rid of proprietary browser plugins, but Microsoft comes out and makes a new one.

        • Yaara Lancet
          May 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

          I guess we'll just have to wait and see. :)

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