Microsoft integrates Skype in Office Online and Outlook.com

Microsoft has announced that it is planning Skype integration directly into Office Online and Outlook.com which will allow the users to communicate by voice and video with their contacts while working on a document. Microsoft had announced this feature with Office 2016 allowing users to co-author documents in real-time and chat with co-authors via Skype.

This integration will make it easier to communicate when actively making modifications to a file. But, if the users do choose to use messages, then Skype will connect their message history to the document, so the users can pick up from where they left off last time they opened a document.

The new integration will be available for all Office Online services like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The Skype voice and video integration will also be made available in Outlook.com allowing Microsoft account users to speak with their Skype contacts.

In addition, Microsoft is making it easier to access its Web Office Suite with the help of a new Chrome extension for Office which now allows the users to open a variety of Office documents within Chrome, whether they are stored in OneDrive or their computer. The improved Skype integration has been released on Office Online and Outlook.com in the US and other regions are coming soon.

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