Skype preview version comes to Outlook.com

Microsoft launches the rollout of a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com which brings the voice and messaging service to its email service, reports CNet.

The service is being introduced to users in the UK, with the US and Germany following in the coming weeks, with Microsoft promising that it will be available to all Outlook.com users worldwide “in the coming months”.

Skype for Outlook.com requires a one-time download of a plugin, which is available for the most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Users can connect to Outlook.com using their Microsoft account. Users with existing Skype accounts will also need to link their account to the website which will allow their contacts to be merged.

More details on the rollout and step-by-step instructions are available on the Outlook Blog and the Skype Blog.