Microsoft has announced that Skype is available for all Outlook.com customers in North America, reports CNet
. Earlier Microsoft rolled out the preview version of its VoIP service for Outlook.com users in the UK.
These services are also live for UK, Germany, Brazil, France, Canada and the United States i.e. they are now able to make Skype video calls from Outlook.com.
According to Dawn Martynuik, Group Product Manager, Outlook.com, "Email is an important and personal tool for most people, but there are moments when you want to be able to speak live or chat face-to-face."
Existing users can use Skype without creating any new Outlook.com account. A one-time download of a plug-in for your browser is required to make an auto-install of Skype in your Outlook.com inbox. Presently, the recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox are supported. You will then be encouraged to pair your Skype account with your Outlook so you can make voice and video calls from your email inbox. This way, you will be able to add all of your Skype contacts to your Outlook.com contacts list for easy access.
For users who do not exist in any of the countries mentioned above, Microsoft has said that it is “still working hard” to ensure that it is available worldwide “in the near future”.