Microsoft announces Skype voice and video integration with Office Online

Skype Office Online

Microsoft today announced that Skype voice and video integration is coming to Office Online (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Online) and in Outlook.com.

The integration creates a natural, collaborative experience in which you can co-author and have a conversation using instant messaging or video calling right from within a document. Best of all, your instant messaging history stays connected to the document, so that the next time you open it, you can pick right up where you left off. Office Online exists to help you collaborate with anyone, anywhere, with just a browser. Now with Skype communication built right in, you can get more done, faster.

Skype integration with Office Online will be available to customers worldwide with a Microsoft account in November. Based on user feedback, Microsoft has also added an enhanced Navigation pane to help you work with large documents within Word Online. Also they have added a number of formatting improvements with Excel Online and made performance improvements to PowerPoint Online.

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