Collaboration is the key to success and Skype knows that. For this reason, the company has introduced a new feature allowing users to chat on Skype inside Office Online.
This feature is currently available only for Word and PowerPoint documents. You can now keep the conversation going alongside the documents you’re working on, without switching between windows. For example, if you’re working on a report with a colleague you can edit it in real time. So, instead of following long email threads, you can simplify your life and work in real-time.
“The chat experience is available right next to the document, enabling you to chat in and edit in real-time with other authors. Speed up and simplify document editing with quick Skype group chats instead of long e-mail threads. Keep track of which co-authors are online as well as messages you might have missed.”
In order to use this feature, you need a Microsoft account. Then link your Skype account to your Microsoft account and get started.
When two people or more connect to the same Word or PowerPoint document, a chat windows automatically appears allowing them to communicate. The chat is named after the document users are working on and the conversation is saved to your recent conversation list in Skype. For the time being, only instant messaging is supported.
The feature is not available yet in other Office Online tools, but we expect Skype to develop a chat feature for Excel and OneNote Online as well. As progress is made, it is possible that other features be added to the chat, such as voice or video calls.
The Skype team has worked hard at improving their app lately. Back in December we listed the main novelties about the new Skype 7 version for Windows so we expect them to add new collaborative features to Office Online in the months to come.