Skype, Facebook Socialize Video Calling on Windows
Skype on Oct. 14 integrated Facebook's News Feed and Phonebook into its VOIP calling platform, allowing users to post status updates and make free calls to Facebook users.Skype on Oct. 14 confirmed the weeks-old rumor of a Facebook integration with the beta launch of Skype 5.0 for Windows.
Skype is infusing Facebook's News Feed and Phonebook into its voice over IP calling platform. By signing in through Facebook Connect, users can access a new Facebook tab. From there, Skype users will be able to post status updates, comments and click "like" buttons straight from Skype. Users will be able to sync their Skype mood with their Facebook status.
Also, by leveraging the Facebook Phonebook in Skype, users will be able to call and text message their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines.
Skype 5.0 for Windows is also pushing video calling. People who download Skype 5.0 for Windows will receive a free trial of group video calling in beta. This offer makes sense given that Skype said video calling accounted for 40 percent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes in the first half of 2010. The rise of video calls on smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and Google Android handsets is also notable. Pew Research said approximately 23 percent of Americans have made video calls from the Web or cell phone; this number is likely to rise as people make more video calls for personal and professional use.
The new Skype 5.0 for Windows also adds automatic call recovery to alleviate dropped-call pain from shaky Internet connections and a call-quality manager.
See a demo of the new Skype features from Skype Consumer Products Head Rick Osterloh here.