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Skype Video Conferencing Arrives on

August 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Pedro Hernandez / eWeek

Microsoft users in the U.S., U.K. and other select regions can now initiate Skype video calls without leaving their inboxes.

Nearly four months after announcing plans to�integrate and Skype video calling, Microsoft finally flipped the switch, allowing users in select countries to initiate Webcam sessions straight from the interface.

Dawn Martynuik, group product manager for,�revealed�in an Aug. 19 blog post that Skype for is now available in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Brazil, France and Canada. As for other regions, "We're still working hard to ensure this is available worldwide in the near future," she wrote.

Adding Skype video calling is a natural progression for a service that already links with other popular services, asserted Martynuik. Plus, it's a potential timesaver. already supports Skype chat and voice calls, and connects with Facebook and Google contacts. While an "important and personal tool for most people," said Martynuik, email can sometimes fall short. She argued that "there are moments when you want to be able to speak live or chat face-to-face." - See more at:

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