Sunday, December 19, 2004

Outlook Skype aids in contact management

Ever since Skype hit the web, we've seen developers extend it with simple but extremely effective add-on applications. Two weeks ago, I pointed out Skype Answering Machine or SAM.

Today, I found a another great extension called Outlook Skype. Outlook Skype was developed by Peter Kalstrom in Sweden and allows you to manage your Skype contacts in Outlook. Outlook Skype interfaces with Outlook and adds a small Skype Toolbar to Outlook. You can add Skype information to any Outlook contact and Skype them with one click. Outlook Skype works for both Skype and SkypeOut. I skyped Peter today to thank him for his great contribition to the quickly growing world of Skype applications. No luck for Mozilla Thunderbird clients at this time, but if you're a 'Skyper' that utilizes Outlook for your contacts, take a look at Peter's great app. On his site, Peter also provides a detailed Macromedia Shockwave demonstration of what Outlook Skype looks like and how it works.

You probably already have a number of contacts in Outlook. This application allows you to use those contacts to call directly via Skype and also store the Skype information directly in the Outlook Contact. The contacts folder can be either a private or a public folder. Using a public folder gives the added benefit of allowing multiple users to share Skype friends lists. Also, calls can be logged as journal items in any private or public folder.

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At 8/02/2005 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new Skype plugin released this week takes Outlook and Skype integration to a new level. In addition to the basic contact integration features provided by existing plugins, Skylook adds some deeper Outlook integration to Skype.

Skylook shows you which of your contacts in on-line in the Outlook toolbar and provides options to review contact details and review previous communications with the contact. Skylook also records all voice calls (as MP3) and text chats to a special Outlook folder.

The idea behind Skylook is that Outlook manages emails very well. You can organize them, search on them, archive them in many ways. Why not provide the same capabilities to Skype conversations?

A free trial of Skylook is available from

At 8/02/2005 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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