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Skype opens up Outlook.com integration to the world with HD video calls

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The Skype team today announced worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com. Previously, the feature was only available in select regions as the team trialled Outlook.com functionality, but now we're pleased to report that Outlook.com users will now be able to easily connect with Skype contacts while checking through emails. To make the announcement that much sweeter, the Skype team has also included HD video calls.

With Skype on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox and other platforms, why would Outlook.com need connectivity with the messaging and VoIP service? Simply put, Skype for Outlook.com enables those on shared computers or in public locations easy and safe access to contacts, while making it more convenient to collaborate with colleagues when searching through emails on the web.

It's a sweet addition to the service as Skype doesn't need to be installed to make or answer calls through the web interface. All that's required is a plugin, which can be downloaded in moments - there's also Mac support. For PC users, HD calls are possible through Outlook.com, bringing the call quality up to par with native clients (depending on strength of connection and specs of said PC).

Today's announcements also includes a fix for issues with Skype (when running the Outlook.com plugin) continuing to ring on machines after picking up on another device. If you're a fan of Outlook.com and actively use Skype, we recommend you check the plugins out and see how you go.

Source: Skype Blog

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B_Sack says:

8.1 is being announced in less than a month, and skype improvements are part of that.

Mr osi says:

This sounds awesome!

mango.lover says:

Are they ever going to do the ever-promised Skype-Facebook video chat integration?

rockstarzzz says:

When did they promise that? Source link?

Aviad Kohn says:

Wow great news.

wapoz says:

Nice.  Now lets see some iMessage like integration in WP and Win8.1.

FearL0rd says:

Nice. But if they could make it work with html5 instead using plugin. It will be awesome...

FearL0rd says:

Besides modern browser doesn't accept plug-ins

kamikaze80 says:

agree, these guys just dont get it.

FearL0rd says:

Just to add more no windows RT also. ;)

ninny1176 says:

Ehhh...the plug-in just doesn't want to work for me no matter how many times I try to install it.

wps81 says:

Are you using IE 11 and in Enhanced protection Mode?

ninny1176 says:

IE 11 - tried with/without EPM...no luck, just doesn't seem to want to launch the plugin.

rockstarzzz says:

It will support Chrome, before IE11.

sdreamer says:

So only desktop browsers then. I guess they figured their latest os would just have Skype installed... But you can only use it as the signed in user...

wps81 says:

better than nothing is what we can say.

tgr42 says:

Plugin?  No.

plasmid_uk says:

Nothing wrong with the WP app. It's code related.

Aashish13 says:

Satya learns to rock.

neonspark says:

so a day goes by that Tony Bates isn't interally trying to torpedo MSFT and this happens! jk, but you have to admit it almost makes it look that way :)

 

mayur89 says:

O yeaaaa baby!! ;)

danielgray says:

XBOX 360 support?

rkononenko says:

Doesn't work on 64 browser (not even the plugin, skype simply doesn't appear in the lower right corner :( )

chrispyogurt says:

Seems redundant for PC users

Darkgift says:

will this work on Win 7?