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NewsPoster Apr 30, 2013 12:57 PM
Outlook.com users in UK gain in-browser Skype calls, US in future
Microsoft has added the ability to make Skype calls within the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284596==http://www.outlook.com" rel='nofollow'>Outlook.com</a> e-mail service. The site, which <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284597==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/02/19/microsoft.folding.hotmail.users.into.outlookcom.se rvice/" rel='nofollow'>left beta</a> in February, will allow Outlook users in the United Kingdom to access their Skype contacts, make calls, and communicate using instant messages, all from within the browser instead of launching external applications. <br />
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The update, detailed on the Outlook <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284598==http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2013/04/29/skype-comes-to-outlook-com.aspx" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">blog</a>, will gradually roll out to UK users before becoming more widely available and then expanding to the United States. Users will see a pop-up box alerting them that the Outlook.com account is enabled for Skype, and will prompt to link the Microsoft and Skype accounts if it has not already <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284599==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/09/deadline.issued.for.user.migrations.to.skype.servi ce/" rel='nofollow'>been done</a>. Audio and video calls require a web plug-in to be installed on the browser, though instant messages do not require this. Microsoft has <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284600==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/08/06/first.step.towards.in.browser.skype.video.without. plug.ins/" rel='nofollow'>previously proposed</a> a web standard that allows for Skype without plug-ins, though the WebRTC standard is still being worked on by a number of parties. <br />
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The normal Skype clients have also seen some <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284601==http://blogs.skype.com/2013/04/30/skype-video-messaging-preview-for-windows-desktop-users/#fbid=jq3RvNVoOmK" rel='nofollow'>upgrades</a>. Skype for Windows users will be able to take advantage of the Video Messaging function that has previously rolled out to <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284602==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/02/15/users.to.start.move.from.windows.live.messenger.ap ril.8th/" rel='nofollow'>iOS, Mac, and Android</a> users. The beta version of the client works fine within Windows 7 for creating and receiving messages, but users on Windows 8 and Windows Phone will have to settle with being able to only view the messages for the moment. <br />
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