Microsoft integrates Skype in its Outlook inboxes

Microsoft on Monday has announced that it is rolling out a preview of Skype on its Outlook services which will bring the voice and messaging services to Outlook – its email service. The service has been made available in UK initially, which will be followed by US and Germany markets in next few weeks, before it becomes available for the rest of the world.

The idea is to provide an easy, quick and more engaging process to its users to stay connected with their family and friends.

To use skype over outlook, one will have to download a plugin, which is available for most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Users can use their microsoft account to connect They can also link their already existing Skype account to Outlook in order to add their Skype contacts to the email service.

“Even with the best email service, sometimes text isn’t enough. We all face those situations where it’s just easier to jump on a call to talk something through. 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 inbox.” said Simon Longbottom, senior director, product marketing at Skype, in a blog post.

Skype, a software application, which allows free video calling and instant messaging over internet, was acquired by Microsoft for $ 8.5 billion, back in 2011. It allows several interesting features like group calling, screen sharing and file sharing and can be downloaded on various PC and mobile platforms. At present, Skype has around 40 million users enjoying its services worldwide.