Have you ever wanted to chat with your buddies at work but were afraid of what your boss might say if they caught you slacking off? Then you're in luck, because Microsoft has got your back: Skype is now fully integrated into OneDrive, so you can finally gossip and send emoji and still look entirely professional while doing so.

Of course, that's not really the point of having a Skype sidebar built into your company's revenue spreadsheet for last quarter: Microsoft is selling the concept as a means of boosting productivity and letting coworkers collaborate in real time on documents. Each chat history even stays connected to its respective document, so it's always easy to search back and find what you were looking for. On the other hand, you can also use it to send your coworkers monkey gifs while you use Outlook to email them photos from your latest snowboard trip.


Skype integration is available to anyone with a free OneDrive account and works via Office Online in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote (and Outlook, too).