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Skype URI Tutorial: Email

How can I use Skype URIs in my emails?

You can embed Skype URIs as hyperlinks in your email messages and/or signature blocks as convenient ways for people to contact you using Skype.

However, keep in mind that:

Screenshot: Outlook email signature-related dialog boxes.
  • simply pasting a Skype URI does not always convert it to a hyperlink—you typically have to insert it explicitly as a hyperlink.
  • clicking the link might cause a security warning dialog to appear, which might be disconcerting to the user.
  • links might be rendered as plain text, depending on the email applications capabilities and/or the receiving user’s preferences.

(Microsoft® Outlook® 2010; click to view larger image)

Why can’t I click a Skype URI in my emails?

Not all email applications or readers support Skype URIs (or hyperlinks in general) in the same manner. For someone receiving an email containing a Skype URI, such as in a signature block, the rendering email application might:

  • block the hyperlink’s action, typically causing a security warning dialog to appear.
  • not recognize the skype: scheme as being a valid hyperlink, and so render it as plain text (but possibly styling it in the link color).
  • strip the hyperlink based on preference settings, and render it as plain text.

How can I determine if a Skype client is installed?

Screenshot: Dialog box indicating Skype is not installed (Windows 8 only).

Microsoft email applications running on Windows 8, such as Outlook and Mail, detect that there is no application associated with the skype: scheme, and alert the user. Other email applications behave differently.


(Microsoft® Windows® 8)

Keep in mind that detecting the presence of the Skype client is only important if the email application supports Skype URIs.

What can I do if a Skype client is not installed?

Screenshot: Click the highlighted link in the dialog box to install Skype (Windows 8 only).

Microsoft email applications running on Windows 8, such as Outlook and Mail, include a link to the Store as part of its alert whenever they detect that there is no application associated with the skype: scheme. Simply click the Store icon to navigate to the Skype client’s entry.


(Microsoft® Windows® 8)