Skype 5.0 adds Facebook Integration, New Design, and Free Group Calling
Skype has presented a more simplified look in hopes is that this will allow for better look, feel, and all around experience. The front interface now looks much more organized and less cluttered. They have also added a soothing bluish/black background for video calling.
The most intriguing addition to the Windows video chat software is that it now uses Facebook Connect in a way that all Facebook members can enjoy and take advantage. Skype now has integrated Facebook into its software in a functional manner. There is a new Facebook tab that brings the social network’s news feed right to skype. You can view statuses, comment on posts, and like them.
With the synched news feed Skype call & SMS buttons are added to your friends posts. This allows you to call Facebook friends directly through their landline, mobile device, or right through Skype. You can also send them an SMS directly from Skype. In addition to the news feed you can view your Facebook phonebook. This is a list of all your Facebook contacts’ mobile numbers to allow quick access and calling.
Facebook integration in the chatting software is not the only new addition that comes in Skype 5.0. You can now engage in an impressive 10 way video conference call. An additional feature is the Automatic Call Recovery that will instantly reconnect dropped calls. It does so in a fashion that makes your call appear as it has never been dropped.
Currently, Skype is offering free group video calling! This means you can have conference calling while using Skype’s free service. It is available in a trial for all users. This is so all users can experience the new and enhanced feel of Skype 5.0.
Whether you typically engage in video calling or not, we encourage all readers to take advantage of this free video calling feature. Not many video chat programs offer free group conferencing anymore.
Skype has caused quite a stir in the internet world this October. Not only with the release of Skype 5.0 and Facebook integration, but also with their release of Skype for all Android devices. We look forward to seeing how Skype and Facebook will be able to bring their newfound alliance into the mobile world. Also interested if there will be any type of integration with Twitter. Only time will tell.
I question though whether this partnership will continue. Can it continue? I can see them developing a mobile partnership. For example connect FB phone numbers through your mobile and use Skype to dial out for a convo or video chat (need a front facing camera clearly). But how could Facebook benefit so from Skype users. I assume (could be wrong) that most Skype users are on Facebook. I do not believe Skype would go for the you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours that everyone is speculating. Why would Skype allow for Facebook to use its video technology on the social site. Truth be told, the real reason that I use my Skype account to video chat, is because Facebook does have the feature. If Facebook was capable of a video chat, I would still use Skype. I use it for business. Dealing with some programmers and designers that I am partnered with in other parts of the world. But in terms of personal use, it would Skype would hardly get used. I believe it would be dangerous for Skype to a deal like this. What do you think?