Microsoft integrates Skype conferencing in Outlook's services

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated Jan 14 2016
Microsoft integrates Skype conferencing in Outlook's services
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Outlook users can now create a Skype video conference link on iOS and Android. Here's how the update works.

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Microsoft has announced a new update for the Skype App for Android and iOS. Outlook users who want to initiate a video conference can now do so with a simple click of the 'Skype Call' option housed inside the event creation screen. Doing so would create a link for users to a video conference with selected invitees.  Tapping on the Skype link will lead users to a separate video conference room on the app. Those users who don't have the Skype app can still access the video conference through the recently released 'Skype for Web' platform. Google already sports a similar feature in their calendar app and users who want to initiate a video conference session can do so by clicking on the 'Create video call' button on the app. This generates a video conference on Google Hangouts.
 
The latest update also introduces some new improvements to Outlook’s user interface for Android and iOS. Microsoft states, "In addition to the new Skype Call scheduling features, we updated the calendar section of Outlook to give you more ability to manage your personal and professional life on the go. Managing your schedule starts with being able to navigate quickly to any day. With the new two-week mini-calendar, your events for the upcoming week are just a tap away. If you need to go farther into the future or past, simply swipe in this section to get a full month view. Outlook also now provides a three-day view, so you can see more of your schedule at a glance. In addition, we added the ability to set your week start preference—whether it is Saturday, Sunday or Monday. The two-week mini-calendar and ability to select week start preferences features are available today for iOS and are coming soon to Android."

The update also introduces an improved navigation bar for the Outlook for Android app. The update also brings the ability to save files to your Android device, setup automatic replies, an iOS contact widget, and support for 3D touch on iOS.

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