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If you are an Outlook.com user and a Skype user, then it’s a good day for you. Microsoft has rolled out a previously geo-restricted feature to all countries – Skype integration with Outlook.com. There are also a couple new features and some bug squashing included.

Some countries got the Skype for Outlook.com feature last year which were the UK, the US, Germany, France, Canada, and Brazil. Now, seven months later, everyone has it. If you are contemplating installing it, let’s take a moment to examine what it does.

It is a plugin which lets you connect to your Skype contacts through — you guessed it — Outlook.com. You need to connect the two accounts and then install the plugin. That’s it. Nice and simple. It works with all the major browsers, and it supports HD video calling. However, for the HD calling, you need to have all the right equipment, such as broadband internet and a fairly modern webcam.

And of course, a product release wouldn’t really be a proper product release without the obligatory promo video with the smiley happy people showing us how cool Skype is in Outlook.

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Do you use Outlook.com? And if so, will you be installing the Skype plugin? If you install the plugin, please come back and tell us in the comments what your experience was like. Did it work well? We would love to know.

Source: The Next Web

  1. cbuhka
    March 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I'm not using either Outlook either last versions of Skype :) I use Skype ver. 6.10.0.104 installed from .msi file (yes, it is possible to find such)

  2. Skylark-Torch
    March 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I've been using outlook for quite some time with an @live.com domain. Though I like the ability to use Skype from within my web browser, it's not fully featured and I find it more annoying than useful. My chat groups don't work the same, as in, I don't see them, for one thing. On top of that, it adds a considerably long amount of wait time to the loading of outlook.com. Considering that I have an overclocked and high-end gaming computer, outlook.com should be capable of loading within seconds. With the Skype plugin installed, however, it could be thirty seconds or more before I'm capable of using my inbox at all. The worst part about it is that it fools me. I'll think everything's rendered and done loading, so I'll start hitting check boxes and going about my business; then Skype decides to start loading something else and all my work in the inbox is undone and I have to do it over again.

    Don't get me started on what happens if I have Skype open in both the client and in my email...

    In fact, I had forgotten that Skype in Outlook was a separate plugin. Thanks for this article, because it reminded me that I can disable it.. Which I've done now. Thanks to you guys, my inbox loads in under two seconds again!

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