Microsoft is all ready to roll out Skype video and audio calling from Outlook Inbox. This feature will first roll out in UK in this coming week, and after that the service will be available to users across U.S. and Germany.
Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, bringing two great communication experiences together — all in one place! As part of our commitment to bring you the very best ways to communicate, this Skype forOutlook.com preview is beginning to roll out in the United Kingdom and will be made available in the United States and Germany in the coming weeks. In the coming months, audio and video calling powered by Skype will be available in every Outlook.com inbox. By adding Skype conversations to your modern email, Microsoft is creating yet another way for you to connect to the people you care about most.
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.
— Simon Longbottom (Skype, Senior Director, Product Marketing, via http://blogs.skype.com)
However the worldwide availability of Skype call from Outlook will begin this summer.
How to Make Skype Call from Outlook
- Merge your Microsoft and Skype account. Merging of accounts will add all your Skype contacts to Outlook.Com
- Click on Audio or Video call buttons in an IM conversation, or if you wish to begin conversation while reading your friend’s email then simply place the mouse over your friend’s picture and click on Skype audio or video call buttons that appear above his or her contact details.
Skype Video Calling Experience from Outlook: Video