In late 2007, Skype joined forces with My Space, to allow Skype calling directly to your friends from My Space pages. And the union also gave Skype users the ability to add a MySpace account link in their Skype profile, so their Skype friends could easily click through to their MySpace profile page. But now Skype clearly has their eyes on the bigger fish, with their release of the beta version Skype 5.0, and their NEW union – with FACEBOOK.
The release this month of Skype 5.0 offers users the ability to add a Facebook Tab in their Skype account, so they can call fellow Facebook friends, chat with them, or send them an SMS. So good-bye to MySpace!
The Facebook news feed option shows almost the same info and details that one would see on Facebook. But if your Facebook friends have added their phone numbers to their Skype account you will see that underneath each status update there are two Skype buttons which stand out: SMS or Call.
This is a very handy feature to make it easier to communicate with your Facebook friends and colleagues. If you would like to try it for yourself (no MAC users yet – sorry): feel free to click on the image below:
You will notice other improvements to the new version of Skype like:
- a Free Trial of Group Video Calling (10-way)
- a new look to the layout of Skype
- your Skype profile can be displayed as “Public” or “Contacts Only”
- Offline Instant Messaging (this was great in Yahoo, and I’m glad it’s finally in Skype)
- Post-call Experience
I’m looking forward to using this new version of Skype. Next it would be great if Skype would release a Facebook app, where you could put a Skype tab on your Facebook Business page. Or does anyone know if this is already done? possible?
Here’s a little ditty from Skype:
Will you try the new Skype?