Check Your Facebook in Skype

skype integrationThe latest version of Skype will have some serious new features in the package. Skype 5.0 for Windows will have a Facebook tab that allows users to sms, chat or call their Facebook friends.

In your dashboard, you will be able to view your Facebook News Feed and Phonebook almost identical to what you see on Facebook. If your Facebook friends have added their phone number in their Facebook profile you will be able to sms or call directly from Skype.

The Facebook integration is aimed at making us even more social and connected. And with the new features it is possible for people to connect more spontaneously and react on what we see in each others’ feeds.

In short, with the new Skype, you can:
• see your Facebook News Feed in Skype
• post status updates that can be sunced with your Skype mood message
• comment and like friends’ updates and wall posts
• call and sms your Facebook friends on their monile phones and landlines
• make a free Skype call if your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact

Unfornutately, the new Skype is only available for Windows, so all of us Mac lovers will have to be patient. Skype has announced that a new version for Mac OS X is coming soon.
If you’re on Windows, you can download the new Skype here.

Facebook Launches Video Calling Based on Growth in Content Sharing

Yesterday at 10:00 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) at its Palo Alto headquaters Facebook unveiled its new video calling feature powered by Skype. More than 50,000 of people tuned in on the video streaming to catch it live. I too was waiting eagerly for what the social media giant was going for, next. The launch was also spiced up with the recent launch of Google+ and a lot of predictions were being made regarding Facebook’s counter attack.

Before the announcement of Facebook’s much talked about product launch, there has been a lot of predictions about what it would be. There was a buzz that this new announcement is being made to combat the recent threat posed by Google+ on Facebook’s popularity. Most rumors saw the light of the day since video calling the most obvious guess came true. These predictions were based on the fact that Facebook and Skype announced last year, that they are working closely together. Additionally, Microsoft has stake (15 billion dollars) in Facebook and it also bought Skype earlier for 8,5 billion dollars.