If you’re like us at Skype, there’s a good chance Microsoft Office is pretty integral to your workday. You likely use Outlook to send and receive emails and to keep your contacts organized and manage your calendar.
That’s why I think you’ll be excited about a recent announcement involving Office and Skype for Windows Desktop.
Skype 6.1, the latest version, comes with Office 2010 and 2013 integration.
What does that mean? Basically, you’ll be able to easily connect with your Skype contacts within Outlook. You’ll see their availability, and with one click you can Instant Message or start audio and video calls.
Say, for instance, you receive an email from your colleague Karah. When you right-click on Karah’s contact info in the email, if she’s already one of your Skype contacts you’ll see if she’s available on Skype. If she is, you can launch a Skype call or IM session right from there.
If Karah’s not one of your Skype contacts yet, you can either right-click on her info and send her a contact request, or you can right-click and call her on her cell phone or landline via Skype (you’ll need a Skype subscription or credit to make that call).
The integration also works in someone’s Contact Card in Outlook. In other words, you can open up a Card, see that person’s online status, and make a Skype call (or call a regular phone number) or start an IM chat with one click.
This integration makes it even easier to connect with business contacts on Skype. You can initiate all your Skype calls and IMs right in Outlook. No toggling between Outlook and your Skype desktop client. We think it’ll help keep your day much more organized and efficient.
To put the integration to use, you’ll need Office 2013 or Office 2010, and you’ll need to be running Skype 6.1. Check first to make sure you’ve got the latest version of Skype installed by clicking on Help -> Check for Updates in Skype.
Have you tried Office integration? Tell us about it!