Outlook.com now support Google Talk, letting you chat with your Google friends. With this feature, "the next time you're reading an email from someone who uses Gmail, you can reply with a quick chat right from your Outlook.com inbox," Microsoft says.
And if you're working together on an Office document in SkyDrive, you can send an instant message to a Google contact with just a click.
"When you open the Messaging pane in Outlook.com or SkyDrive, you'll see a message that helps you set up chat with your Google contacts. Just click it to get started; setup will only take a minute. As part of setting up the connection, you'll see Google's authorization flow. This is how Google helps you control which services can access your Google information. Clicking "Allow access" will allow Microsoft's chat and contacts services to connect to Google and set up chat. You're in control of this connection and can change it at any time at https://profile.live.com/services," explains Microsoft Office team.
That's it! In just a few moments, you'll see your Google contacts appear in your contact list. Click on their picture to start a conversation with someone or search for any of your Google contacts right from the Messaging pane.
The messaging experience works across your Outlook.com inbox, calendar and People contact list, as well as SkyDrive.com. "If you're working together on a document with a Google friend, you can be chatting with them at the same time without leaving SkyDrive," Microsoft said.
You can even share a link to the document and edit it together in real time!.
Skype app for Windows, as well as for Windows Phone 8 is now available.
Skype 2.6 for Windows Phone 8 "increases chat reliability, increases call notification reliability, and improves call reliability to phone numbers. The update also fixes the occasional missing message preview in the recent conversation list," the Skype team stated.
And, the Skype 6.3 for Windows addresses quality and stability of the application.
Microsoft is also rolling out a new SkyDrive feature called "timeline view" for SkyDrive albums and folders as well as faster uploads to the cloud service.
Microsoft claims the tweaked server code and the app improves upload times by as much as 2x to 3x.
The new "timeline view" makes it easier to see all photos based on the date. "In the timeline view you can scroll down to navigate through all the images. They're organized into groups by event and time. Take 20 pictures at a birthday party with your phone, and then a photo of your parking spot at the airport a few hours later? Now they'll appear as two different groups in the timeline," Microsoft explains.
SkyDrive will also feature a filmstrip view, so you can see your photos in a slideshow.
In addition, full resolution camera uploads (of photos and videos) from Windows Phone 8 along with, thumbnail previews for Power Point and Word files are also added on SkyDrive.
"Thumbnails make it easier to find the file you're looking for, and so we're also introducing some changes to our thumbnails view. We worked hard to improve the readability of the files and folders you have in SkyDrive and are introducing new thumbnails for your PowerPoint and Word files," Microsoft explained.