New Delhi: Microsoft has rolled out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com. The preview version has already been rolled out in the United Kingdom and will be made available in the United States and Germany in the coming weeks.
In the coming months, audio and video calling powered by Skype will be available in every Outlook.com inbox. "With the preview version of Skype for Outlook.com you can enjoy Skype video and audio calls right from your inbox - less typing, more talking," said the company in a blog post.
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.
The preview version has already been rolled out in the UK and will be made available in the US and Germany in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
Outlook.com is a free personal email service from Microsoft. In the first six months after launch, Outlook.com attracted 60 million new users.