What previously existed as a preview for select markets is now rolling out for all Outlook.com users around the globe.
It was first announced in 2013 that Skype is going to be integrated right into the Outlook.com inbox, a preview was then released for a few markets, and since then it has been improved and now it appears to be ready for all and sundry.
This integration brings the ability to send instant messages and even initiate as well as receive Skype video calls inside the Outlook.com inbox. Users no longer have to launch the Skype application whenever they want to contact someone in their friends list, since they can easily do so through the web browser. Both services are owned and operated by Microsoft, so it doesn’t really come as a surprise that it has found a common ground between them in a bid to make it easier for users to stay in touch with people that matter.
Getting everything set up is quite easy. First a plugin needs to be downloaded, after which users have to link their Skype accounts so that they can find friends as well as make video calls and send instant messages. Since certain improvements have been made since the preview release, the plugin now comes with support for Safari on Mac and even enables HD video calling for PC users, though the quality is obviously dependant upon equipment and internet connection being used at both ends.
Some minor bugs have been ironed out as well to make the Skype and Outlook.com integration as flawless as possible. The plugin itself is available for free, it can be downloaded right away, and put to use so that Skype can function from right within the Outlook.com inbox.
Source: Skype Blog