Skype announced last week that the release of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and 5.7 for Windows will mean support for Facebook-to-Facebook calling from within Skype. While video calling within Facebook has been possible for a few months now thanks to Skype, the ability to call your Facebook contacts while logged in to your Skype account takes the Facebook and Skype integration much further.
Facebook to Facebook calling within Skype is really easy and is possible for any who links their Skype and Facebook accounts. All you need to do is choose a Facebook contact while on Skype, and call them like you would your Skype contacts. Of course, previous features that have already been supported like reading your friend’s status updates and sending them IMs via Skype are still possible. While these features are not revolutionary in anyway, it is still quite convenient for users who do prefer to be able to have an easy way of contacting their Facebook friends, but prefer not to be constantly logged into Facebook or are not allowed to access their Facebook accounts at work.
Skype also said that the Skype 5.7 for Windows will mean that group screen sharing will now be available to Windows users (a feature that has been available to Mac users for earlier Skype versions). This is good news to business who use opt to use Skype to communicate with their employees, or even with customers, because it is a great way to go through presentations/tutorials without having to rely on words alone. Of course, group screen sharing is still available only for Skype users with Premium subscriptions.
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