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skypeMicrosoft announced today that Skype for is finally available to users around the world and made a couple improvements to the functionality of the service.

Nearly one year ago, Microsoft unveiled the Skype plugin in an effort to make its webmail service more of a universal communications hub. But the feature was only available to select users in the U.K., and by August, those in seven other countries — including the U.S. — could start using Skype with

Now, though, it’s available to anyone. Microsoft, which acquired Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011, also today enabled HD video calling support for PC users and fixed an issue some people had with calls continuing to ring after pick-up “when you were running the plugin and Skype on your desktop at the same time.”

“We’re happy to share that in the new version now available we’ve resolved this issue,” the Skype team wrote.

The latest version of the plugin also now has Mac support for Safari. You can download the plugin here.

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