Skype users will soon be able to share files over the cloud as Microsoft has announced native OneDrive integration into the popular video calling app. The new preview version of Skype according to Thurrott, will allow you to share files natively into Skype. All you have to do is to share a link to the file on OneDrive within the Skype chat.
The integration will work across different devices including Windows 10 PCs, iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets—and not to forget the classic desktop apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux Web.
“We are excited to announce cloud filesharing in the latest Skype Insider Build! With OneDrive in Skype, it is now possible to simply send a link to a shared document instead of transferring the whole file,” a Microsoft employee announced.
Microsoft it seems is on a course to make Skype even more popular and appealing to millions of users globally. By integrating some of its popular apps into the video calling app, users are going to find Skype more engaging and appealing.
Earlier in the week, Microsoft announced that users can now call mobile and landlines using SkypeOut and saying “Alexa, call Ken on Skype” to make a call. The company is doing this in partnership with Amazon.
This partnership further strengthens the existing business relationship between Microsoft and Amazon. In 2017, Amazon and Microsoft partnered over two of their popular products Alexa and Cortana. That partnership obviously opened the door to bigger things for both companies, and the future seems bright for both companies. “We’re excited to continue bringing the best of Microsoft and Amazon together,” Gaurav Sareen corporate vice president for Microsoft said about the company’s partnership with Amazon a couple of weeks ago.
Skype calling will be available in Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices. According to The Verge, Amazon’s Echo range will be able to access all of Skype’s basic calling features, and hardware including video calling support for Skype. If you are Skype user, you will be able to call mobile landlines with the use of SkypeOut. As a matter of fact, you will be able to call you contact by simply saying “Alexa, call Tom on Skype” to activate a call.
Microsoft has already begun the process of refocusing the calling app to serve the major purpose why people use the service—calling, video calls, and messaging. The mobile app has now done away with those features hardly being used by people. Chats, calls, contacts, and notifications on desktop have all now been moved to the left of the window to provide a central place that makes navigation easier for all.
The classic blue theme has now been reintroduced to Skype—and this time around, it has been adjusted for contrast and readability. Microsoft also reduced some of the decorative elements that include notifications, and we now have a situation where content is accorded more priority.