Skype Android App Lets You Schedule Calls, Open Office Files

Chris CrumTechnology

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Last week, Microsoft announced Skype call scheduling from the Outlook apps for iOS and Android to make it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call with friends and colleagues.

The Outlook team wrote in a blog post, "It can be challenging keeping up with friends, family and colleagues. Finding a time that works for everyone and remembering to show up is difficult enough. And then sometimes technology gets in the way: “How do I find you? How do I invite you? Do you have this app installed?"

"Outlook and Skype have solved this problem," it added. "When creating a new event on your calendar, Outlook now includes the ability to add a Skype Call. When you tap the Skype Call toggle, Outlook includes a Skype link in the description of the event. When your scheduled meeting time arrives, recipients simply click the link in their calendar to launch Skype and join the conversation."

Now, the Skype app for Android has been updated to include call scheduling (via TheNextWeb).

Under the "What's New" section for the app on the Google Play store, it lists "Create calendar events," and says you can tap on a contact, then tap the menu on the upper right and select "Schedule a call."

Also new is the ability to open Microsoft Office files. You can tap on a received Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or PowerPoint presentation to pen the file in its corresponding Office app.

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