Microsoft has today announced that users of its Outlook.com service can now try out the preview for its Skype integration, after first announcing the addition in April.

The first regions to gain access are the UK, US, Germany, France, Brazil and Canada, allowing six countries to try out the service before anyone else.

Microsoft is looking to expand the service to other countries however, revealing the following on its blog:

“Today we are excited to give you an update: Skype for Outlook.com is now fully available in several countries around the globe … we’re still working hard to ensure this is available worldwide in the near future.”

Once it has rolled out to you, the new feature will allow users to make and take Skype video calls directly from their Outlook.com email account, bringing further integration with some of Microsoft’s other services and competing directly with other services such as Google’s Gmail.

To start using the service you first need to install a plugin for Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox after which you’re ready to Skype.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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