Microsoft has recently done away with Hotmail in favor of Outlook and Windows Live/MSN in favor of Skype. Now Microsoft is looking to implement Skype’s video chat into Outlook. Currently its being used in the U.K as a test run while users in the U.S and Germany will see Skype video in Outlook in a few weeks, according to the company. There should be more of a worldwide release in the summer.
About the effort to integrate Skype video chat into Outlook, Skype’s global marketing director Simon Longbottom said, “Even with the best email service, sometimes text isn’t enough. We all face those situations where it’s just easier to jump on a call to talk something through.” And “That’s why we are bringing Skype audio and video calling to your Outlook.com inbox.”
Microsoft snagged Skype in October 2011 and a year later that Windows Live would be discontinued, which makes since as Skype could do text, video, and audio and better than Live. It was only a matter of time before the program made its way into Microsoft services.