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NewsPoster Apr 30, 2013 11:57 AM users in UK gain in-browser Skype calls, US in future
Microsoft has added the ability to make Skype calls within the <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> e-mail service. The site, which <a href=" 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="" 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 account is enabled for Skype, and will prompt to link the Microsoft and Skype accounts if it has not already <a href=" 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=" 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="" 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=" 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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