Even with the best email service, sometimes text isn’t enough, and we all face those situations where it is just easier to jump on a call to talk something out. We know sometimes a quick call can accomplish more than a long email reply.
That’s why we are bringing Skype audio and video calling to your inbox. Now, with Skype for Outlook.com, you can choose the right medium for your message, whether it is an email, call, video call or instant message (IM) — you can connect with your Skype and Messenger friends all in the same place. This experience will start rolling out in the U.K. today, is coming to the U.S. during the coming weeks and is on track to be available worldwide this summer. For those of you in the U.K., download the Skype plugin for Outlook.com now.
Get Skype in Your Inbox
Skype for Outlook.com requires a one-time download of a plugin for your browser (available for the most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox). After you download the plugin, simply connect Skype to Outlook.com using your Microsoft account.
Customers with an existing Skype account will be asked to link Skype and Outlook.com in a few simple steps. Just merge your Microsoft and Skype accounts and you’re off and running. This will also allow you to add all of your Skype contacts to Outlook.com contacts.
Using Skype for Outlook.com is Simple
Just click on the Skype audio or video call buttons in your IM conversation. To start a call while reading an email from a friend on Outlook.com, move your mouse over the friend’s picture and click on the Skype audio or video call buttons that appear above his or her contact details.
Reach and Be Reachable
We’re excited to offer many of the best ways to keep in touch in one place. With the preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, we’re bringing two great communication experiences together and helping you stay in touch virtually anytime, anywhere.
As we said, this preview experience will start rolling out to UK customers beginning today and is coming to the U.S. and Germany in the coming weeks with worldwide availability this summer.