Skype 5 goes gold; brings Facebook integration and group video calls

According to Skype's very own blog, the long awaited Skype 5 has officially been released to the masses. Aimed at making you even more social, Skype 5 (Windows only, for now) brings a nice set of new feautres. Among them is the Facebook tab. Here's what the new Facebook integration brings to the table.

With Facebook integration, you can:

  • see your Facebook News Feed in Skype
  • post status updates that can be synced with your Skype mood message
  • comment and like friends’ updates and wall posts
  • call and SMS your Facebook friends on their mobile phones and landlines
  • make a free Skype-to-Skype call if your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact

Skype 5 will also give you the ability to have group video calls. For now, Skype says this features is still in beta and will be free. However, as mentioned in the past, Skype fully intends to charge for the function down the road. In order to take full advantage of this feature, all users participating must be running Skype 5 or Skype 5 beta. For those on a Mac, Skype 5 beta is still the only option. Within group video calls, Skype has added "dynamic group video calling," which moves the person that's currently speaking into focus. This aims to make following a large conversation easier.

Other features include improved call quality, automatic call recovery, an improved call quality manager, which helps improve your overall call experience, and Skype Home, which acts as a dashboard for your overall Skype experience.

To download Skype 5 for Windows, visit Skype's website.

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Historically I can think of at least several clients out there which slowly died under the weight of their own bloat:
- Nero (ROM, part of the Suite)
- Winamp
- ICQ (Mirabilis)
- RealPlayer

Somehow Skype seems to be moving in the same direction. Slowly but inexorably...

The new contact list is just awful. Why so much wasted space, what was wrong with the one line setup? At least an option to return to previous one would be welcome.

bush said,
The new contact list is just awful. Why so much wasted space, what was wrong with the one line setup? At least an option to return to previous one would be welcome.

In the "Options -> General settings" you can get back the 1 line per contact without the profile image

these people have no imagination, it looks dated to me, surely it's not too much of a stretch for them to employ a designer....

Yahoo tried with yahoo messenger for vista which wasn't bad but for some reason it was shelved....perhaps it looked too good so they went back to the 1998 look

Offline IM !!!!

... "Now you can send and receive messages from your friends who are offline. Messages will be delivered when you sign in to Skype, even if your friend is not online anymore." ...

Finally...
I really need this feature, sometimes I get messages older few days

Soon facebook and twitter will become obsolete and everything will be back to square one or the 11th dimension.

AKLP said,
they went from 4.X to 5 just for 2 features? (1 of them being facebook integration??)
No. Where does it say they changed only two things?

I want a new iOS version with video cat.

Look at his eyebrows when he says "Even better with a new skype experience" I sense an edit.

1:32

warwagon said,
I want a new iOS version with video cat.

Look at his eyebrows when he says "Even better with a new skype experience" I sense an edit.

1:32


Video Cat! Bringing you cheeseburgers since um yesteryear!

warwagon said,
I want a new iOS version with video cat.

Look at his eyebrows when he says "Even better with a new skype experience" I sense an edit.

1:32

That's how they make the videos short and sweet.

/- Razorfold said,

Video Cat! Bringing you cheeseburgers since um yesteryear!

Yep I saw the misspelling only a few mins after posting it, but it was too late.

SH3K0 said,
Where's Mac version

It's coming very soon, according to the Skype blog. With a lot of things improved

TechDudeGeorge said,
Copied WLM Much?

Yeah, I saw it coming. I mean, what else could they do? I know numerous people who have told me that they'll be switching back to Messenger.
This social networking stuff is really getting integrated so well into every single platform and application these days.