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Only one participant needs a Skype Premium account for group video calls.
With the Skype web plugin* you can enjoy free Skype calls and Skype video calls with your contacts in Outlook.com.
To enjoy the features of the Skype web plugin in Outlook.com, you need to link your Skype and Microsoft accounts. If you haven't done so yet, don’t worry, you can link your accounts during the installation of the Skype web plugin.
The Skype web plugin works in the following browsers:
On Windows desktop: Internet Explorer 8 and higher, Chrome 19 and higher, Firefox 12 and higher.
On Mac OS: Chrome 19 and higher, Firefox 12 and higher.
If you use several internet browsers on your computer, you only need to install the Skype web plugin for one and it will be available for other supported browsers as well.
Important: If your browser doesn’t support add-ons, you can send instant messages to your contacts in Outlook.com but the Skype call and video call options won’t be available. However, you can enjoy making Skype calls and Skype video calls from the Skype app.
The Skype web plugin is not supported on Windows RT.
There are two easy ways to install the Skype web plugin. You can install it from the Outlook.com Messaging panel, or when starting or receiving a Skype call.
To install the Skype web plugin from the Outlook.com Messaging panel:
If you signed in to Outlook.com with a Microsoft account that you've already linked with your Skype account, you’ll receive the “Setup is complete” message. Simply click Close and start enjoying free Skype calls and instant messaging.
If you haven’t linked your Microsoft and Skype accounts yet, you’ll be asked to do so.
To install the Skype web plugin when starting or receiving Skype calls:
Installing the Skype web plugin when starting or receiving Skype calls is another quick and easy way to enjoy Skype in Outlook.com:
If you’re making a call from Skype to an Outlook.com contact, they’ll first need to complete the Skype web plugin setup process to receive your call, if they haven’t done so yet.
If the Skype web plugin setup takes longer than a minute, your call may drop out. If that happens, simply start the call again to let your Outlook.com contact complete the setup.
If you haven’t linked your Skype and Microsoft accounts yet, you’ll be asked to do so during the Skype web plugin installation:
When you link your Skype and Microsoft accounts, you’ll be able to:
Learn more about what happens when you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
* The Skype-Outlook.com integration (including the Skype web plugin) is currently available in selected markets only. We’re working hard to make it fully available as soon as possible.