Microsoft previews Skype for Outlook.com

The preview is available in the U.K. and will soon come to the U.S. and Germany

Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, allowing users to make calls and send instant messages from within the webmail service using a browser plugin.

The preview is available to U.K. customers users and is coming to the U.S. and Germany in the coming weeks with worldwide availability this summer, Skype said in a blog post.

For the Outlook.com version of Skype to work users have to download a plugin for their browser. The plugin is available for the most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. The next and final step is to connect Skype to Outlook.com using a Microsoft account. Customers with an existing Skype account will be asked to merge their Microsoft and Skype accounts, which will allow them to add all of their Skype contacts to Outlook.com, according to the blog post.

The integration allows users to make audio or video calls and send instant messages from Outlook.com. For example, to start a call while reading an email from a contact on Outlook.com, users just have to move the mouse over the contact's picture and click on the Skype audio or video call button.

Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 to add voice and video communications to its existing software. Outlook.com is a free personal email service from the company. Recently Microsoft also launched a version of Skype that integrates with its smartphone operating system Windows Phone 8.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicestelecommunicationskypeMicrosoftvoipMailinternet

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?