Skype now available worldwide for Outlook.com users, adds HD video calls

Nearly seven months after Microsoft first added Skype integration into Outlook.com for U.S. residents, the company is now allowing users of the email service worldwide to access the Skype messaging and call features.

In a post on the Skype blog, Microsoft states that in addition to opening up Skype to all Outlook.com users, it has added some improvements since it was first released in August 2013. One of them is full HD video calls, if users at both ends of the chat have HD compatible displays and webcams. Microsoft has also included a plugin for Mac users who access their emails via the Safari web browser to use the Skype features.

Finally, the blog says that the Skype team has fixed a bug that was causing calls for some users to keep ringing after they were answered when the Outlook.com plugin and the Skype desktop app were both running at the same time.

Microsoft recently celebrated the first year anniversary of Outlook.com's official launch but the company has not offered any information on how many users it has signed up since May 2013, when it reported that Outlook.com had 400 million accounts.

Source: Skype blog | Image via Microsoft

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