Skype made available for Outlook.com users

  • Microsoft has built integrated Skype to its Outlook.com webmail service, enabling users to make audio and video calls and send Skype instant messages once they download a browser plug-in.

    UK-based customers are the first to be offered the "preview" version with Germany and the U.S. to follow "in the coming weeks".

    The move comes in a bid to regain ground lost to Google's Gmail.

    Microsoft announced an overhaul of its webmail service last July.

    The firm has gradually shifted away from its Hotmail webmail brand, which it acquired in 1998, by encouraging users to upgrade their accounts that have subsequently been renamed Outlook.com.

    It has also shut down its Windows Messenger chat tool in most countries so users switch over to Skype.

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