Facebook And Skype Integrate Even Further

By David Cohen Comment

Further integration with Facebook played a major part in the rollout of Skype for Windows 5.5 Beta, as the Internet voice service and the social network are now tied together far more tightly with the introduction of new features.

The newest version of Skype lets users access Facebook without having to log in separately.

This means you can with Facebook friends by instant messaging, and like and comment on status updates — all within Skype.

Other new features in the Skype release include a new call control toolbar with redesigned icons, easier saving of phone numbers in the section labeled “call phones,” and an improved graphics interface when calls are placed on hold.

All of this further builds on the October announcement of integration between the leading social network and the top Internet telephony service, when it was revealed that the social network’s news feed would be incorporated into Skype, and the Skype phonebook would include all users’ Facebook friends.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, announced in May and approved by the Federal Trade Commission last Friday, has done nothing to slow the Skype-Facebook combination.

Skype told TechCrunch that the newest version of Skype would come out of beta soon.

Readers, have you had a chance to try the new beta version of Skype yet?