Microsoft intergrated Outlook to Skype with the release of version 6.1 for Windows that now lets users of both the Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 "see both Skype online status and mood message in the Outlook contact card."
Via that contact card, "users can initialize a Skype instant message or call session directly from that card without having to leave Outlook! Pretty cool stuff. "We think Outlook users will love being able to quickly and easily connect to their Skype contacts directly from inside of Outlook," the Skype team stated.
This feature works with Outlook 2010 or higher and enables you to connect over Skype when email details match.
Besides the Skype integration with Outlook, Microsoft also released some improvements in Skype 6.1 that include:
- "Adding a new contact is now easier in Skype easier than ever. "You can now add someone by searching for them directly out of your contacts list. If they're not in your contact list yet, results will come up so you can add them in 2 clicks."
- Search initiated in contact list. You can add a new person directly from the list of available results if they're not yet in your contact list
- New profile with more accessible account information. Finally, we have updated the account information area to make it easier to navigate around your account data.
- Selecting your profile information now includes account information and options to manage your options," informs Skype team.
Grab the the new Skype for Windows 6.1 here.
In other Outlook releated news, earlier during the day on January 10, users who tried to access Hotmail and Outlook.com from their iPhones, iPads, Android phones and other mobile devices were reported encounter problems. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the issue via an email stating,
"Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting a small percentage of mobile users' access to Hotmail and Outlook.com, and we are working to restore full access to the service as quickly as possible. For the latest information, we encourage users to visit the Hotmail and Outlook.com status page."
(Note: The status page gives information specific to whichever Microsoft account is signed in.)
A post by a moderator about the ongoing access problems provided this update:
"Hotmail is working for all web users and POP-based accounts. Some mobile device users relying on EAS (Active Sync) may see problems accessing their email, calendar and contacts."
"Please check the status page for updates and ETA on a fix."
Later at around 8:45 pm PT/11:45 pm ET, Microsoft said they believed the Hotmail/Outlook.com EAS issue was resolved and that all users on all mobile platforms should be able to access their mail via the Web and EAS connections.
In other blog post, Microsoft Office team explains embedding PowerPoint 2013 presentations into your website by using the PowerPoint Web App.
The new PowerPoint Web App offer a fully interactive experience and all your content plays back right in the embedded object. That means "all your animations, transitions - even audio and video! Better yet, any presentations you embedded using the old version have automatically been upgraded to the new experience - no work from you required!," the team stated.
Here're the steps required to embed PowerPoint presentaion:
- "After finishing work on a presentation, the first thing you'll want to do is click on "Embed" from the "File" menu. Be sure to click on "Generate" when prompted.
- Click "Generate" when prompted
- Preview and choose your options
- Choose the size and options for your presentation
- Copy the embed code and paste it in your blog or webpage," explains Microsoft.
- That's it.