Outlook.com to support Skype Video Calling

May 1, 2013 · Posted in Applications · Comments Off on Outlook.com to support Skype Video Calling 

Skype for Outlook.com

According to several online sources, Microsoft has announced that it’s recently revamped free mail service, Outlook.com, will now support Skype video calling, starting from the United Kingdom, before introducing the “preview version” to the United States and Germany in the coming weeks.

Outlook.com users will be able to make audio and video calls as well as send Skype instant messages only by installing a browser plug-in. The integration will allow selecting the right medium for messages via e-mails, calls, video calls or instant messages, adding that Microsoft’s messenger service will also be made available to the users who can call messenger users from Outlook.com.

This move is a strategic one, especially Google’s GMail services already include such audio, video, email and messaging integration onto one platform. Furthermore, there are also other rival messaging services, such as Viber and Whatsapp, that are growing much quicker on the mobile platform.

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Outlook is the New Hotmail

August 4, 2012 · Posted in Applications · 1 Comment 

Outlook from HotmailMicrosoft has taken a bold step to revamp the Hotmail completely, now calling it Outlook, which most people are familiar with. When I first heard the news of the new release, I did not hesitate to quickly log on to Outlook and try it out.

Unlike other free web-based email, such as Google Mail or Yahoo, Microsoft has a good reputation to be relatively stable and secure. That’s the main reason why there is no hesitation.

My initial experience is really good. The interface looks like that of GMail, but it’s relatively better for organization of emails and folders. Remember, GMail uses indexing to get the speed. On top of that, Outlook integrates with Contacts, SkyDrive and Calendar very well.

What truly blows me away is the SkyDrive that Microsoft is offering – free 7GB Cloud service, which is practically almost unlimited. Furthermore, Microsoft has developed applications for use in multiple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and Microsoft Windows. Nothing really comes close to what Microsoft has produced this time round.

Great work, Microsoft! I can sense MSFT share prices going up now.

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