Skype and Outlook.com, the new webmail service from Microsoft, are coming together so you can make free Skype voice and video calls with your Outlook.com contacts and instant message them.
To enjoy other Skype features such as group calls, group video calling and screen sharing, you’ll need to install the latest version of Skype.
Learn more about Skype features.
The following questions and answers will guide you on how to instant message, call or video call your contacts and how to change your status in Outlook.com:
It’s easy to send and receive instant messages in Outlook.com:
You can send and receive instant messages from your Skype contacts in Outlook.com even if you don’t have installed the Skype web plugin. The only thing you need to do to instant message your Skype contacts in Outlook.com is to link your Skype and Microsoft accounts.
To link your accounts, simply click Skype contacts* and follow the instructions:
Outlook allows you to choose whether you want to chat with your friends on Skype, Facebook or Messenger:
To go back to your inbox, click Hide pane.
To open the IM you received, click the blue notification bar that pops up. To reply, just type your message and press Enter on your keyboard.
To start a Skype voice or video call with your Outlook.com contact:
Useful things you can do on a call
During the call, you can:
A. Turn your camera on or off.
B. Turn your microphone on or off.
C. Instant message your contacts.
D. End the call.
E. Minimize the window.
F. Switch to full screen.
In Outlook.com you can set your status to Available or Invisible by clicking your name and selecting the status from the options displayed.