Skype Toolbar for Outlook in beta

Skype_toolbar_for_outlookI have written about Outlook Skype in the past which integrates Skype calling with Outlook.  I have known for weeks that the Skype people noticed how useful this third party application was and they apparently bought it up from the developer for a future release.  Marc Orchant is reporting today that Skype has released the Skype Toolbar for Outlook which is the same program released under the Skype umbrella.  Note that the add-in is still in beta so there may be some issues.  Features reported on the Skype Developer Zone:

  • Easily match individual outlook contacts to Skype contacts.
  • See Presence, start calls and chats for all known message senders direct from the toolbar.
  • See presence, call and chat to all outlook contacts known to Skype.
  • Create Outlook contacts direct from incoming email.
  • Use Skype to Call all Telephone numbers for Outlook contacts.
  • Use Skype to call and chat with all other known contacts in the Cc and To message headers
  • Record journal entries for all incoming Skype calls
  • Use Skype to call telephone numbers and even Skype names in the body of Email messages
  • Start group chats from email messages where topics are automatically set the to the email subject
  • Automatically add Skype callto signatures to outgoing email messages.
  • Import contacts to Skype direct from Outlook.
  • Open Outlook contact automatically for incoming calls.

If you are both a heavy Outlook and Skype user as am I then give it a whirl.  There are also a number of other free Skype enhancements in the Skype Developer Zone.

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