Skype for Outlook.com now available in the US

Over the past year, Microsoft has been improving upon its Outlook.com email service. The email service, that launched last July, has quickly been gaining new features such as Google chat integration and the option to archive email.

Today, Microsoft has announced that the Skype integration that was announced a few months back, is now available for those of you who live in the US. We should note that if you live in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and the UK, you should have access to the service.

Skype is Microsoft’s premier messaging platform and will be replacing the messaging app in Windows 8.1. For Microsoft, they hope to position Skype as the go-to VOIP platform and have been integrating the product into many of its existing products and services. They even recently announced the death of MSN messenger and have been encouraging users to switch over to Skype messaging as an alternative to that platform.

Of course, Microsoft also has Lync, which is a business product that is also a VOIP service. While Microsoft has both brands running a similar service, Skype has the public branding that they hope to use to help attract new customers to services such as Outlook.com by incorporating the popular service into the email client.

For clarification, because we were confused too, the Skype in Outlook.com is still considered in 'Preview', and is not in a RTM state at this time even though the Outlook.com blog post states that it is 'fully available'. 

Source: Outlook.com

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AWilliams87 said,
Why was my NSA reply deleted?

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The Skype integration is only a good thing.

SiCKX said,

Your comment contained words that match the database and is under investigation. You will be notified shortly about a verdict.

The Skype integration is only a good thing.


This is actually the second reply I made on this site about Microsoft and NSA that was subsequently deleted. I don't know if the editors on here are just super fanatical when it comes to Microsoft or what.

I've been able to message people on skype using outlook for a few weeks now don't know what I did. Contacts that are set to away or busy won't show up kind of lame, only shows contacts specifically set to available. Microsoft needs to fix that, it seems like a common chat problem these days on mail. Both microsoft and google decided you only want to talk to friends who are set to available.

they need to make file transfer available from the messaging pane, that way i dont have to run full skype on my desktop.

I'm in Canada, looking at my Outlook... I see no notification that Skype is available, not even connected to Messenging so hows this work?
My Microsoft/Outlook account is merged with my Skype, I use my MS account to login in the Windows 8 app and Desktop app

How did you get the skype plugin? When I click on the message pane nothing is happening. I should get a message that Skype is available, but all I get is the usual Facebook or Messenger options for chat.

Yeah it's not exactly discoverable. And why use a browser plugin? If I have to install a plugin, I might as well install the full version.