On Monday, Microsoft unveiled the new addition of Skype into the Outlook.com preview. This addition will make it much easier for users who use Outlook.com to dial and message their favorite contacts
The addition of Skype to Outlook.com is available to a number of countries off the beginning and will add more in the upcoming months. With a simple plugin for the browser, users are able to use Skype from within their browser and use Skype within Outlook.com
Initially available in 6 countries
The Skype and Outlook.com integration is initially available in six countries. Those countries are the US, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. This rollout of Skype and Outlook.com is aimed at the primary markets that Outlook.com and Skype are focused upon, and will gain the most user traffic in the initial tests.
Near future for other countries
In a statement on the Outlook Blog, Microsoft stated that worldwide access for Outlook.com will be available for more countries in the near future. As Skype is a platform that is available for users already around the world, the ability to integrate it into the rest of the world’s Outlook.com servers, shouldn’t take long.
Interesting statistics relating Email
As the rollout of Skype and Outlook.com was announced by Microsoft on Monday, Microsoft also detailed additional details relating to speaking live and face-to-face communications. The Ipsos Public Affairs poll as announced by Microsoft in its post, showed that 76% of people say that email communications usually lead to a phone call. So, with that the Skype integration into Outlook.com makes perfect sense for the company, as users will be able to do that in one spot.
This is huge news for Outlook.com and Skype, and should make users in the six target countries very happy. It will also help rollout Outlook.com to more and more users who don’t currently use the services as well. The simple way of just answering an email and then dialing up your contact via Skype is now a super easy and functional thing to do, and Microsoft with Skype is the perfect business communications tool for users at anytime.