Outlook.com, Skype VoIP and IM, Microsoft Outlook

It’s always great to see improvements in Skype that really take a good look at improving the overall user experience rather than try to pile on more complicated features and designs.

To that end, Skype acknowledged today that starting chat sessions with friends could be a little easier, and starting today, they’ve made enhancements to Skype on Outlook.com to do just that.

The new updates include:

  • Improved contact list
    •Find your friends. If you have a friend in your address book (People tile), and that person has a matching Skype and Microsoft e-mail address, they will show up as a contact in the “Messaging” pane. Just click on their photo to add them to your Skype contact list.
  • New messaging features
    •Participate in and create group chats. Add people to a conversation by clicking on the “+” in a conversation.
    •Pick up conversations where they left off by opening your chat pane. Just click on the “:-)” on the upper right and your most recent conversations are listed.
    Skype for Outlook.com allows you to easily connect with your Skype contacts right from your Outlook.com inbox, so you can go from chat or email to a video call with just one click. You can even launch video calls if you have the plugin installed.

These new enhancements come just one day after enhancements were also rolled out to the desktop preview of the calling and messaging app.

Link your Skype account to your Microsoft Account and visit Skype via Outlook.com to get started with these new enhancements. Leave your thoughts on the changes in the comments below.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.