Tech Tuesday: Skype now available for UK Outlook webmail users
Microsoft has announced that Outlook webmail will now support Skype. The email service will now allow users to make calls directly from their inbox: .
The update will also allow Skype contacts to be uploaded into a user’s Outlook contacts.
Customers in the UK will be able to see a preview of the service today, and users in the US and Germany will see the service over the next few weeks.
Users must download a plugin for their browsers, then connect Skype to Outlook using their Microsoft account.
To access Skype users must click the recognisable audio or video buttons in a IM conversation, or above a contact’s details in an email exchange.
In a blog post, Simon Longbottom, Skype’s senior director of product marketing said: “We all face those situation where it’s easier to jump on a call to talk something through. Sometimes that quick call can accomplish more than a long email reply. 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.
“You can connect with your Skype and Messenger friends all in the same place.”
Microsoft announced an overhaul of its email system back in July 2012, and announced Skype would be included at the end of last year.
The firm recently dropped the Hotmail brand, after acquiring the product in 1998.
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