Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Skype Now Available For Outlook.com - Video Calling Directly From The Inbox




Users in the UK will now be able to make audio and video calls as well as send Skype instant messages via Outlook.com by downloading a browser plug-in. The plugin is required for audio/visual functionality but not for IM and is currently available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. This same functionality for Outlook will be coming to the US and Germany within the next few weeks. 
In 2011, Microsoft paid $8.5 billion to take over Skype, buying out the previous owners (eBay and some private investors). 
"Sometimes that quick call can accomplish more than a long email reply. That's why we are bringing Skype audio and video calling to your Outlook.com inbox," Microsoft posted in a blog post on Tuesday. "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."
Microsoft has recently refreshed the calendar in Outlook, updated the Outlook app for Android and established two-factor authentication for Outlook accounts.


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