Skype has today updated the Windows flavour of its software to version 5.0, with Facebook integration as its headline feature.
Users will now be able to see their Facebook feed directly from within Skype, while Skype and Facebook contacts are now integrated. Any Facebook contacts also on Skype can then be called directly on their landline or mobile without you having to have manually added them to your Skype contacts.
Skype is waving the enhanced social experience flag with this update, and this is extended into video, as you can now call up to 10 people at a time, which could work well for remote teamworking. This is available now in beta as a free trial.
Skype said that a dynamic view will switch the focus to whoever’s speaking – though we’d love to see it try to keep up with the women team on The Apprentice.
Skype said the 40 per cent of Skype-to-Skype minutes in the first half of 2010 were dedicated to video calling, so while it’s not found much traction on mobiles, the desktop is a place where video calling makes sense.
Skype said that it has simplified the interface on this version of Skype and that it’s now easier to find contacts thanks to the use of pictures and avatars.
Another new feature is automatic call recovery, which hopefully will do what it says on the tin and re-establish calls that that been interrupted by dodgy Internet connections.
Skype told TrustedReviews that Facebook integration for the Mac version would be "coming soon", to coin a phrase, but would not be drawn on when these updates might make their way to smartphone versions.
Skype 5.0 for Windows should be available later today from www.skype.com.