By Vamien McKalin | May 15, 2013 12:04 PM EDT
Outlook.com just got better, and even more easier for Gmail users to make the switch. In a few days, Microsoft will rollout Gtalk Chat support in Outlook.com - an unexpected feature, but one that is welcomed with wide-open arms.
Switching completely from Gmail to Outlook.com is not an easy task, in some respects, it is virtually impossible to do so since Gmail has over 425 million users, and that means it is likely that many folks in your contacts are Gmail users. The best thing an Outlook.com user could ever attempt to stay away from ever accessing Gmail, is to synchronize his/her account with Outlook.com, but that hardly works.
The likely scenario here is that you'll find yourself logging back into your Gmail account to talk to your friends via Gtalk chat, but soon, you will no longer be required to do that. According to the Microsoft Office blog, Gmail chat is being rolled out to Outlook.com users, and should be completed in a manner of days. You'll know the update is available when you see an email alerting you of this, or if a pop up appears whenever the messaging pane is opened.
"The messaging experience works across your Outlook.com inbox, calendar and People contact list, as well as SkyDrive.com. If you're working together on a document with a Google friend, you can be chatting with them at the same time without leaving SkyDrive. You can even share a link to the document and edit it together in real time!" according to Office blog.
One thing to note, you should not expect to make voice and video calls via Gtalk Chat, as we highly doubt Google would allow this. To continue using that feature, you'll have to log into your Gmail account to do so.
With the addition of Gtalk Chat, there's only one thing left for Outlook.com to make available worldwide, and that is Skype integration.
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