Skype comes to Outlook.com

By Kip Kniskern | Posted April 29, 2013 16 comments

SkypeEver since Microsoft bought Skype two years ago, we’ve been expecting more and more integration between the messaging service and Microsoft’s online properties.  Today’s announcement, that a preview of Skype integration into Outlook.com is another step along that path, and although there’s still quite a ways to go, Skype is becoming more a part of Microsoft every day.

According to a blog post on the Skype “Big Blog”, the preview will begin as soon as today in the UK, followed by a rollout to the US and Germany “in the coming weeks”, and then worldwide availability “this summer”.  The service will require a one-time download of a browser plugin (available for the “most recent versions” of IE, Chrome, and/or Firefox), and then just connect Skype to Outlook.com using your Microsoft account (if you haven’t already, you’ll need to link your Skype and Microsoft accounts).

After that, using Skype for Outlook.com is simple, according to the post:

Just click on the Skype audio or video call buttons in your IM conversation. To start a call while reading an email from a friend on Outlook.com, move your mouse over the friend’s picture and click on the Skype audio or video call buttons that appear above his or her contact details.

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Here’s a quick video showing off Skype and Outlook.com integration:

While we’re still waiting for Skype to catch up to Windows Live Messenger in terms of basic IM functionality (we still really miss simple drag and drop image sharing!), and, well, basic functionality, we’re glad to see that Microsoft continuing to make progress.  If you’re in the UK and are able to access Skype for Outlook.com, let us know what you think!

Posted April 29th, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Category: News
Tags: Outlook.com, Skype
  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    Oh no! Not another plugin… :(

    • http://kevyndgm.tumblr.com/ Kevyn Degia

      no one forces you to install it.
      If you don’t want to skype through outlook.com don’t do it and keep using Skype for desktop.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      Yeah, I wish they would use some kind of HTML5 technology.

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    Oh no! Not another plugin… :(

    • http://kevyndgm.tumblr.com/ Kevyn Degia

      no one forces you to install it.
      If you don’t want to skype through outlook.com don’t do it and keep using Skype for desktop.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      Yeah, I wish they would use some kind of HTML5 technology.

  • bartw78

    How will this work in Metro IE? Plugin comes baked in with Windows 8.1?

  • http://questionanswerresponse.wordpress.com/ b4rtw

    How will this work in Metro IE? Plugin comes baked in with Windows 8.1?

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    Well my Messaging feature in Outlook.com is currently unable to sign-in, so that’s a good sign. They’re probably applying the spit and duct tape right now.

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    Well my Messaging feature in Outlook.com is currently unable to sign-in, so that’s a good sign. They’re probably applying the spit and duct tape right now.

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    BTW, that Skype “test call” pretty accurately describes the vast majority of my experiences with Skype:
    “Hi there, just making sure this works.”
    “Yep, it works.”
    “OK, let’s do this again…never.”
    “Sounds good, bye!”

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    BTW, that Skype “test call” pretty accurately describes the vast majority of my experiences with Skype:
    “Hi there, just making sure this works.”
    “Yep, it works.”
    “OK, let’s do this again…never.”
    “Sounds good, bye!”

  • JSYOUNG571

    Has anyone besides me been having issues with Facebook chat connected through Skype and Windows Live Messenger? When you check Facebook chat, people are on. When you check them through Skype or Windows Live Messenger, they appear offline, even though they are shown on through Facebook chat.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Has anyone besides me been having issues with Facebook chat connected through Skype and Windows Live Messenger? When you check Facebook chat, people are on. When you check them through Skype or Windows Live Messenger, they appear offline, even though they are shown on through Facebook chat.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    This might explain some of the messenger hiccups on Outlook.com I have been seeing lately.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    This might explain some of the messenger hiccups on Outlook.com I have been seeing lately.