Skype has announced version 6.1 for Windows, which includes two big changes: an updated profiles, and integration with Outlook, eliminating the need to toggle between the two applications. With the latest version, users can make calls and perform other Skype functions, such as messaging, from directly within Outlook. The update is available for download now.
Contacts' online statuses are now displayed from within Outlook via their contact cards, including mood messages and contact data. Calls can be initiated from within Skype regardless of whether the contact is a Skype friend. Once the contact's phone number is added to Outlook's contacts, a call can be initiated. Obviously, you have to have a Skype subscription or credit.
In addition to placing calls, users can also sent an instant message to any contact who also uses Skype. Likewise, if the contact has Skype, a video call can be initiated from within Outlook rather than just an audio call. This differs from above because the contact must have Skype. The feature is available for those using Outlook 2010 or higher.
In addition to Outlook integration, Skype 6.1 for Windows allows users to find contacts by searching for them via the contacts list. Profiles have been altered so that information is more accessible and the entire design is easier to navigate. Some account options have been added as well, such as an easier method to get a subscription.