When Skype was released all those years ago, who would have thought that it would have grown to be such a big monster than it is today? Well, Skype has now entered version 6.1 territory (for the Windows platform anyways), where it sports Outlook integration alongside a visual update to the toolbar. In a nutshell, Skype 6.1 for Windows is an exciting development, simply because many folks still spend a significant amount of their time on email, and no longer do you need to toggle between your email and Skype desktop clients, since it is very convenient to send a Skype instant message, begin a free Skype to Skype call, or perhaps even to make a call to any mobile or landline within Outlook itself.

Microsoft has now integrated both Skype and Outlook to display contacts’ online status, contact information and mood message, right within the Outlook contact card. Not only that, you can now call anyone on their mobile or landline from Outlook, letting Skype perform the initiation process, as long as their contact information remains in Outlook. Best of all is, you don’t even need to befriend them over Skype first. You will be able to download Skype 6.1 for Windows here if you are interested.

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