Skype may have its own chat platform for businesses, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft is ignoring the option to integrate its service onto other platforms. Today the company announced a preview of Skype integration for Slack to let teams quickly start a video of voice chat.
When a user types in the ‘/skype’ command, team members will have the option to join a chat via a link. Users will also receive a notification that a Skype call has started, and you can set up multiple calls with the command.
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To the service up, simply head to the Skype’s Slack integration page, and click the ‘Add to Slack’ button. The feature also takes advantage of recent updates to Slack as well: you only need a browser to use the service on a desktop, (or the mobile apps on your smartphone or tablet), and you don’t need a Skype account to join or create a call.
Just to be clear though, the chat doesn’t actually happen within the Slack window; the link will either open up the chat service in your web browser or in the native Skype app.
➤ Skype integration for Slack now available for preview [Skype Blogs]