Again in January Microsoft added contact integration from the Outlook desktop app to Skype. This time round Microsoft has completed including Skype to Outlook.com, its on-line e mail service that changed Hotmail. The characteristic has rolled out to North America as of yesterday making it’s complete availability span the UK, Brazil, France, Germany, and Canada. Availability and can proceed going world within the close to future.
It looks like a fairly good concept, however so removed from what we’ve seen the implementation is horrible for brand spanking new customers. For one, in the event you don’t have have already got a Skype account by way of the total desktop app – the one you create by way of Outlook.com may have this crummy stay: prefix added to it.
The most important drawback might be there is no such thing as a method so as to add Skype customers to your contacts record from Outlook.com. Not less than not that we might discover. Even when messaging the title from the total desktop Skype app it didn’t undergo, seemingly as a result of the contact was not on the record.
One other annoyance is it requires Skype a web-plugin for video calls. Which, the plugin is annoying in of itself. Word: Voice-only calls and messaging will nonetheless work with out the plugin.
Paul Thurrott talked about an issue with notification spam when receiving calls over the built-in service whereas utilizing Home windows 8.1. We have now but to run into the identical situation with Home windows 7. Though in case you have each Skype (desktop) and an open Outlook.com browser window then we had been capable of get double-notifications.
Though having each Skype for the desktop and for the browser open is reasonably redundant. The primary criticism is that there is no such thing as a the place to show off the Skype characteristic in Outlook.com. When you’ve enabled it, there is no such thing as a button to eliminate it in need of utterly unlinking the Microsoft account on the Skype Account Settings web page.
However how does it perform in any other case? Effectively it’s truly fairly good! Name high quality is evident, video high quality is evident, and the messaging service integrates properly with the present built-in Outlook.com messenger. It’s nonetheless missing plenty of the options from the Skype desktop or cell apps, however in the event you solely come at it anticipating a Skype-Lite, then it passes by means of as “ok.”
For those who don’t wish to set up the Skype desktop app, that is an “okay” different however solely if you’re an current Skype person. Simply open up the Messenger button on the top-right of the Outlook.com window and click on the “Add from Skype” button. It’s not fully straight-forward, however then once more Microsoft has a popularity for making plenty of issues difficult.