A preview version of Skype integration for Slack, that lets teams on Slack easily make a Skype voice or video call and reach conclusions faster, has been released today. According to Skype’s blog, if your team uses Slack, “a new choice of real-time communication is available beginning today”. Users can now access the familiar and trusted voice and video calling service of Skype right from within Slack.
To set up the integration, all you need to do is visit the Skype integration for Slack product page, and click on the Add to Slack button to complete the setup. Once configured, anyone on the Slack team can start a Skype call from a computer. Just type “/skype” into the chat and when the call is set up, a join link will appear.
Whether your team members use Slack on the web, Windows, Mac, iOS or Android, you’ll receive a Slack notification that a Skype call has started, so no one will ever miss a call again. Whenever you want to start a new call, just type “/skype” into the chat again which will set up a new call for others to join. To join a Skype call, all you need on the desktop is a web browser, or you can get the Skype mobile apps to join from your smartphone. Anyone can join as a guest from a computer, or sign in with a Microsoft account or Skype Name.
To try out the new Slack integration, head over to the this page and get started today.