Outlook.com now Offering Skype
Outlook.com is now offering audio and video calling support to its users through the acquisition telephony services by Skype. However, this service is limited and has been launched for only UK users currently. According to Microsoft, United States and German citizens will be using this service in the coming weeks and rest of the world after that. In addition to audio and video features, users can send instant messages also. According to Skype’s view that it expressed in a blog, it said “With Skype for Outlook.com, you can choose the right medium for your message, whether it is an email, call, video call or instant message,”
News regarding merging of two giants was in pipeline for the last one year, for which Microsoft went for an overhauling of its webmail back in July, 2012. Due to this, it had to shut down its Hotmail service, encouraging the users to upgrade their accounts to outlook. With its latest version for UK users, one can see that it is quite interactive and user friendly.
To use Skype with outlook.com, the procedure is straight and easy. The user needs to download a plugin for the browser. Plugins are available for all the browsers including Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. The next step is then easy; all the user has do is to merge his Skype and outlook accounts. After this, user is able to import all the contact to Skype from outlook.
With all the attractive and catchy features, analysts of the industry do not seem satisfied with the deal, as Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011. The question that is being commonly asked is that whether this deal and innovation help Microsoft to gain its fame back, which was badly dented after the inception of Google Chrome.
It is multi-billion dollar gamble for sure that has been played by Microsoft and it is possible that users may be attracted to consume outlook webmail service with the acquisition of Skype by outlook.com. The results however are yet to be seen.