Skype video calling for Outlook.com launches today

Today, Microsoft has begun rolling out integrated Skype video calls in Outlook.com, bringing a feature first demonstrated last month to the public. The preview of Skype for Outlook.com is first coming to those in the United Kingdom, with users in the United States and Germany getting access in the coming weeks.

The Skype Blog details how the integration will work: you will be required to install a browser plugin - available for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - before linking up your Outlook.com and Skype accounts. Once your accounts are merged, Skype call buttons will be available whenever you mouse over a contact in an email thread or instant message; simply click to call and a window will pop-up for your Skype conversation.

While those in the UK can already access this feature right now, worldwide availability is slated for "this summer". It's just one of the products to emerge from the Microsoft purchase of Skype, as the features of Skype continue to be integrated across Microsoft services including Windows Phone 8 and potentially the next Xbox.

Source: Skype Blog

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thealexweb said,
Can the desktop version of IE10 in Windows RT install plugins? If so is it supported?

I'm sure it can, as long as it's compiled to be either ARM or architecture independent, and is digitally signed by Microsoft.

As of right now, my Facebook Chat integration with Skype and Windows Live Messenger does not work. The only think that seems to work is Skype and Windows Live Messenger integration. This has been going on for almost more than a week now. Hopefully Microsoft will get with Facebook techs and fix the issue.

I'm wary to install the browser plugin, as the desktop client was causing my system to crash. Since Microsoft bought Skype I've had numerous issues, including the 100% CPU usage bug.

Thank goodness it needs a extension, that means I will not be bothered by it. Not that it will make that much difference soon as my MS/hotmail/outlook account will be gone soon. I don't use it that often, i hate the look of outlook and i have had a skype user name for years.

Adrian s said,
Oh yes, strange that the UK got this first, Makes a change, normally we are the last.
IIRC, the UK is where the Skype division is HQ'd, which may explain that.

Can't wait until this reaches Oz. I've been hanging out for it since it was first hinted with Outlook.com along time ago. I think it is a much better way to go than installing the app itself.

I have monopolized on live, Hotmail and outlook.. I MUST have a Skype email!!!!

Someone still owns the @msn... I want that too! >

how cool! you can video chat straight from your email! It's amazing what technology can do today...

... or 5 years ago with better video quality and sound. Thanks Google.

Hah are you really trying to imply that Google Talk / Google hangout has better quality than Skype? That's just funny.

mrp04 said,
Hah are you really trying to imply that Google Talk / Google hangout has better quality than Skype? That's just funny.

Lol I know right? Trolling at it's finest. The quality and sound in Gmail/Talk are garbage comparable to Skype.

Grunt said,
how cool! you can video chat straight from your email! It's amazing what technology can do today...

... or 5 years ago with better video quality and sound. Thanks Google.

How can you compare Google Talk to the online version of Skype (which isn't available right now)? Beside Skype has much better quality...

Oh well. You guys have obviously had much better experience than me and my fiancée. It's near impossible to hold a conversation with her parents in Poland using Skype.
Google video chat works flawlessly. No stuttering, no video glitching, and no dead sound.

j2006 said,

... The quality and sound in Gmail/Talk are garbage comparable to Skype.

Misuse the English language and it will work against you.

The quality in skype and g+ hangouts are both 'ok' to be honest, never had a problem with either in a group call, although it's certainly easier to make a skype call purely because people already have it running so they get a call rather than an email to answer =P

For voice, teamspeak is better than both. It seems to be the only program I use that has a good enough threshold control to stop people hearing well...everything, noone needs to hear me moving things around my desk or typing a message to someone...

Nice, looking forward to test it out myself.

I wonder if MS used their own standard for video streaming...Mozilla won't be happy.

cetla said,
Nice, looking forward to test it out myself.

I wonder if MS used their own standard for video streaming...Mozilla won't be happy.

Lol Mozilla are never happy, they will support one standard then completely U turn on it 6 months later when it doesn't work out. Microsoft proposal for web video streaming is very efficient and hardware accelerated, will be interesting to test this out but damn that UI looks good!

cetla said,

I wonder if MS used their own standard for video streaming...

From the article: "you will be required to install a browser plugin"

Fail. But HTML5 still isn't there yet, same with browser support and especially with this stuff.