New Outlook.com video shows Skype integration

Microsoft's Outlook.com came out of beta a few weeks ago and the company has been hitting the TV networks hard with a commercial campaign that shows some of the features of the web email service in an entertaining fashion. This week, Microsoft uploaded yet another Outlook.com video clip that was designed to showcase the service, and included one feature that's not currently available.

The video, posted on YouTube, at first shows how Outlook.com users can view slideshows of photos and also connect to social networks such as Facebook. It then shows an example of how Outlook.com can quickly launch into a Skype video call without having to leave the email. At the end of the video, it says that Skype support is "coming soon".

Obviously, having a quick way to launch Skype from within Outlook.com would be a huge selling point for the service and it's a shame that Microsoft doesn't have this feature ready for prime time yet. The fact that the company is showcasing this future addition in a video underscores how important it is for Microsoft to have Skype support inside Outlook.com. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too much longer before this major feature is included.

Source: Outlook.com on YouTube

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Absolutely, show us how to use it while showing it off. Anyone that watches an MS commercial should learn something about how to use the interface after watching it. Nice job finally.

jimmyfal said,
Absolutely, show us how to use it while showing it off. Anyone that watches an MS commercial should learn something about how to use the interface after watching it. Nice job finally.

Yeah, the Outlook team has been doing a lot better job with their ads than the Surface team - they manage to show off features like Sweep without making it just a walkthrough demo.

Probably soon. The Office 365 calendar already has the updated look so the consumer revamp can't be too far off...

Neobond said,
Gravy all round, and over the potatoes and veg.

*throws the veg on the ground and swap in a pound of beef*.

This is true. Only thing with Skype is that it also integrates with facebook (as shown in the video) but yes, they are "late" as people would say.

littleneutrino said,
so not it is closer to supporting features Gmail has had for over a year? (gtalk integration with video support)
They've had chat integration for quite some time. However, unlike GTalk, you'll be able to use software to make video calls too from a full featured desktop and modern/ios/android application.

The Laughing Man said,
They did a good job turning email into a social network lol

looks like you may have missed watching at least 3/4 of that video.

When I see these promotional videos for Windows 8 and online services from company, I just fall over again in love the company and its products. I just wish the modern apps were more reliable.

Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar!!!!!
Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar!!!!!

Wonder if Steve Ballmer will see this?

I can use it like that already,...it's nice!
What i don't like, is how slow MS implements these new features in their services and apps.
Make the transition already of all your new products to all users.
Where are my outlook mail notifications in my desktop skype? Where is the calendar update?

Neat. But i prefer email clients (email clints. That was a joke that only a few will get). So for me the UI of the web based interface, isn't that important to me. I just like email clients with pop3 access so I can backup my emails onto external devices.

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