Skype for Outlook.com Officially Launched

Call your contacts straight from Microsoft’s email platform

By on April 30th, 2013 05:08 GMT

Microsoft has just introduced Skype video calling features to Outlook.com, thus allowing users of its email service to call friends straight from their browsers.

The integration is possible thanks to a browser plugin, currently available for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox, with users being asked to connect Skype to Outlook.com using their Microsoft accounts.

Basically, this new option automatically imports all your Skype contacts to Outlook.com, thus making it possible to quickly initiate a video or an audio call.

Whenever you receive an email from one of these contacts, a small popup providing access to video and audio call options is displayed to initiate a conversation with just one click.

At this point, the new feature is only available in the United Kingdom, but the Skype team promised that both the United States and Germany would get it in the upcoming weeks.

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