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Skype Gets More Social with Deeper Facebook Integration

We are excited to announce the new Skype 5.5 Beta version for Windows, which enhances the user experience and features new updates to Skype based on user feedback. Skype is also continuing to bring people together whenever they are apart by introducing an easier way to connect with family and friends on Facebook. You can now instant message your Facebook friends directly from Skype, helping you stay connected with the people that matter the most to you. Simply use the new Facebook contacts tab within Skype to see when a Facebook friend you want to chat with is online and then start an IM conversation right from within.

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The new Skype for Windows 5.5 Beta includes the following features:

  • Facebook Instant Messaging – chat with your Facebook friends directly from Skype.
  • Facebook Contacts Tab – a new tab within Skype dedicated to your Facebook contacts list.
  • ‘Like’ and even comment on a Facebook status – You can also use the Facebook News Feed within Skype to easily “like” a friend’s status or comment on it without logging into Facebook.
  • New Call Control Toolbar – featuring redesigned graphic icons.
  • Improvements to the saving of a phone number in the “Call Phones” section.
  • Visual improvements to placing a call on hold.

Download Skype 5.5, the new Windows Beta and start chatting with your Facebook friends. Tell us what you think using the Skype > Provide Skype Feedback menu item and stay tuned as we will soon roll out the final version.

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