Just today, Skype announced the release of Skype 5.0 – the latest version of Skype for Windows which features Facebook integration and group video calling.
We’re excited to announce a brand new version of Skype for Windows, which will help bring you and your friends, family and co-workers together like never before…
Facebook in SkypeWe’ve integrated the Facebook News Feed and Phonebook into Skype, making it easier to stay connected with the people and communities you care about. We’ve revitalised the look and feel, making voice and video calling, instant messaging, screen sharing and file sharing intuitive and easy to navigate. And you can now bring even more of your family and friends together with the new group video calling feature available in open beta.
Here’s a video featuring Skype’s Head of Consumer Products Rick Osterloh, introducing Skype 5.0 and its new features.
With the Facebook integration in Skype 5.0, users can:
- see your Facebook News Feed in Skype
- post status updates that can be synced with your Skype mood message
- comment and like friends’ updates and wall posts
- call and SMS your Facebook friends on their mobile phones and landlines
- make a free Skype-to-Skype call if your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact
Facebook integration initial setup
Facebook requestion permission to access data
Facebook Newsfeed on Skype
The only feature I’ve tried so far is the Facebook integration. Once activated, the Facebook tab or section shows up as a separate window and be accessed by clicking on View > Facebook Updates. Users can post updates, leave comments and like friend’s status updates and wall posts. For now, users can not upload photos, post video links, remove or share friend’s wall posts. Facebook friends who have their phone numbers on their profiles would have the SMS and Call buttons displayed on their Facebook updates (see 3rd screenshot).
NOTE: These new features are only available in Skype for Windows. Mac and Linux users will have to wait until Skype makes these features available for Mac and Linux versions.
Anyone else tried the new Skype 5.0 with Facebook integration and group video calling? How do you like the Facebook integration? How about the group video calling feature? What other features would you like to see added to future version of Skype? Please share your thoughts.