skype FOR MICROSOFT OUTLOOK (integration)
UI / VISUAL DESIGNER
Visual Design, User Experience, Prototyping
The advancement of the Skype web app has enabled us to integrate Skype in to third parties. Having been heavily involved with the web app, I have worked as the designer for outlook integration. This continues to be iterated on, but is already enabling users to go from emailing and chatting to making video and voice calls, right from their inbox.
Due to the framework put in place for the web app, we are able to use the "narrow view" of the calling component, with added detail given to nuances within the outlook web app.
CALLING – FULL SCREEN
The split view for the Skype outlook integration is relatively narrow (305px). Allowing users to have an engaging video call is key to the Skype experience, and so I worked closely with engineers to ensure a full screen experience was enabled from the first MVP.
expanding sidebar / search
Within the narrow view experience, a transient extending sidebar enables users to have a focused view on the side bar without taking them out of the experience.
EXPANDING SIDEBAR in call
To ensure the video experience is as engaging as possible, we explored the option of removing the sidebar by default once the call connects. The user then has the option to click on the sidebar menu to display a side by side view (using the compact sidebar).