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Microsoft Integrates Skype With Outlook

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Microsoft adds Outlook integration with the 6.1 beta version of Skype

Microsoft has released a beta version of Skype 6.1 for Windows, which adds integration with Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013.

The update is for the desktop version of Skype only, not the modern version for Windows 8, optimised for touchscreen devices.

Skype Outlook features

Skype OutlookUsers can instant message or make video calls to fellow Skype users directly from within the email client, while the can also make calls to both Skype users and other phone numbers.As well as Outlook integration, some visual updates have been made to the tool bar, while the process of adding a contact has been simplified.

“This is an exciting update because the time spent on email by many people is still significant,” said Skype in a blog post outlining the changes. “And if you’re like many of us who work at Skype, we spend lots of time toggling between our email and Skype desktop clients. Now it’s really convenient to send a Skype instant message, start a free Skype to Skype call, or make a call to any mobile or landline – all within Outlook.”

Microsoft acquired Skype in late 2011 in a £5.4 billion takeover of the VoIP service. It has since confirmed that it will be shutting down Windows Live Messenger early this year as it places its full attention on its expensive acquisition.

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