Skype has announced that it is to integrate Skype functionality with IBM’s LotusLive.

The new cloud services from IBM are designed to help individuals build communities to work more effectively and efficiently across and beyond their own companies.

Effectively, Skype’s voice and video calling adds real-time communications capabilities to LotusLive.

Employees of companies using LotusLive will be able to use Skype to initiate voice and video calls by clicking on their contacts’ Skype names or phone numbers within LotusLive.

Future possibilities include the ability to import Skype contact information into IBM cloud services to enhance online collaboration.

Scott Durchslag, Skype’s chief operating officer, said the collaboration showed how serious Skype is about bringing the benefits of ‘anytime, anywhere, any mode’ Internet communications to the enterprise environment.

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