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Microsoft makes Skype for Outlook.com globally available

Microsoft also has fixed a Skype call-ringing-after-pickup issue with a new plug-in enabling Skype integration with Outlook.com, officials say.
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Written by Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on

Microsoft has made Skype integration from inside Outlook.com available worldwide as of March 4.

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But in what's bigger news for many of us Skype users, Microsoft's Skype team says it has now fixed the glitch that caused calls to continue to ring after pick up when users were running Skype and Outlook.com on their desktops at the same time. Microsoft officials said that issue has now officially been resolved.

Microsoft had been making a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com available to users in select markets starting in April 2013.

To access Skype from inside Outlook.com, users need to download a plug-in and link their Skype accounts to their Microsoft accounts so that they can move from instant messaging or email to a Skype video call with a single click. The updated plug-in, available today -- for both  Windows with IE, Chrome or Firefox, and also for Safari on Mac -- includes the fix to the call-ringing issue.

The updated plug-in also supports HD video calling for PC users, Skype officials said.

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