Since we launched Skype on, we’ve been listening to your feedback, and heard loud and clear that starting chat sessions with friends wasn’t as easy as it could be. Today, we’re excited to announce the worldwide availability of improvements to Skype for that makes it easier for you to find and chat with friends on Skype.

Improved contact list
  • Find your friends. If you have a friend in your address book (People tile), and that person has a matching Skype and Microsoft e-mail address, they will show up as a contact in the “Messaging” pane. Just click on their photo to add them to your Skype contact list.

New messaging features
  • Participate in and create group chats. Add people to a conversation by clicking on the “+” in a conversation.
  • Pick up conversations where they left off by opening your chat pane. Just click on the “:-)” on the upper right and your most recent conversations are listed.

With Skype for, you can easily connect with your Skype contacts right from your inbox, so you can go from chat or email to a video call with just one click. If you haven’t tried Skype for yet, getting started is easy. Just link your Skype account and download the plugin – we think you’ll really like being able to launch video calls and chats right from your browser.