VoIP Solutions, IP Telephony and Unified Communications: Skype 5.0 Gets Social

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-10-18 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Skype 5 for Windows adds new social networking features through an integration with Facebook that allows users of both services to view Facebook feeds, wall posts and contact details within Skype. Users can also update their Facebook status message directly from Skype, and automatically update the Skype mood field at the same time. Skype sucks in Facebook contact phone numbers, making it simple to call Facebook contacts from Skype without dialing. Skype 5 also includes a 28-day trial of the Skype multiparty video calling service, allowing multiple users to join the same video chat - provided everyone is upgraded to the latest software. Skype 5 also adds new troubleshooting tools, helping users suss out microphone, webcam or network quality issues. Skype will also automatically redial if an in-progress call is dropped. For the full review of Skype 5.0, check out Skype 5.0 for Windows. To share your own thoughts on the new Skype, head over to http://labs.eweek.com.

 
 
 

Skype 5.0 Gets Social

Skype 5 for Windows adds new social networking features through an integration with Facebook that allows users of both services to view Facebook feeds, wall posts and contact details within Skype. Users can also update their Facebook status message directly from Skype, and automatically update the Skype mood field at the same time. Skype sucks in Facebook contact phone numbers, making it simple to call Facebook contacts from Skype without dialing. Skype 5 also includes a 28-day trial of the Skype multi-party video calling service, allowing multiple users to join the same video chat - provided everyone is upgraded to the latest software. Skype 5 also adds new troubleshooting tools, helping users suss out microphone, webcam or network quality issues. Skype will also automatically redial if an in-progress call is dropped. For the full review of Skype 5.0, check out Skype 5.0 for Windows. To share your own thoughts on the new Skype, head over to http://labs.eweek.com.

Skype 5.0 Gets Social
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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