Skype 5.x beta featuring Facebook to Facebook calling

Back in July, Facebook video calling powered by Skype was launched. Today we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Facebook has reached yet another milestone with the launch of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows allowing you to conduct a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype. This new development in the Skype-Facebook partnership is the latest example of how Skype is removing communication barriers and making it easier to connect with friends, family and business colleagues. Our approach to social is about personal connections with people. We are on a mission to connect over one billion people and our continued partnership with Facebook brings us one step closer to this goal.

Initiating a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype is quite easy; all you need to do is connect your Skype and Facebook accounts. Then, select a Facebook friend and hit the video call button in Skype- your friend simply picks up the call from Facebook. This new feature lets you maintain social connections with your Facebook friends and compliments previously announced features such as being able to see when your Facebook friends are online, read their status updates and IM them all from Skype.

Besides this great new Facebook feature, additional new features added to Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows including video rendering giving a smoother video experience for Mac users and group screen sharing for Windows users with a Premium subscription (group screen sharing is currently available for Mac users). Users who are chatting one-on-one will also be able to screen share with live video streaming.

We're excited about these new enhancements and we would love for you to download the latest version of Skype so you can bring your social network to life with Skype. If you would like to discuss this new release or have any questions, please feel free to visit our new Skype Support Network.

Download: Skype 5.7 Beta (Windows) or Skype 5.4 Beta (Mac OS X)
Source: Skype - The Big Blog

Via: Mephistopheles in Neowin Forums

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Hooray for clutter clients...

I hope I don't get my text chat delivered to Skype...
And I hope I can turn this off on a client-basis... somehow...

I don't want chats initiated on my iPhone for example.
I can't stand unlogged chat and I don't fully trust the synching of Skype's history across devices...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Hooray for clutter clients...

I hope I don't get my text chat delivered to Skype...
And I hope I can turn this off on a client-basis... somehow...

I don't want chats initiated on my iPhone for example.
I can't stand unlogged chat and I don't fully trust the synching of Skype's history across devices...

GS:mac

Dear Sad and Paranoid...

If you are worried about Skype on your iPhone, stop using it. If you dont' want Facebook friends to contact you via Skype, don't enable it. I'm sorry you paid too much for your iPhone and your data plan that you have to worry about bandwidth and we know that the perofrmance of the iPhone isn't the greatest, so extra notifications could destroy the performance of Angry Birds ruining your day.

If you don't want the ability to use the Facebook login, don't use use it, it isn't 'bloating' anything.

Sincerely,
Reality

sava700 said,
dear god why?!?! May as well change skypes name to Skybook *rolls eyes*

Really, adding a feature so users can access their friends from Facebook easier, is a bad thing, how?

GreatMarkO said,
Hang on... this isn't "Facebook-Facebook calling" its "Skype-Facebook calling" surely??!

Yeah, mistake there!

GreatMarkO said,
Hang on... this isn't "Facebook-Facebook calling" its "Skype-Facebook calling" surely??!

Nawp, Facebook to Facebook You log in with with Facebook account on Skype, and conduct a Facebook video call to someone on the Facebook website (or someone else signed into Facebook over Skype)

GreatMarkO said,
Hang on... this isn't "Facebook-Facebook calling" its "Skype-Facebook calling" surely??!

This is using the Skype client to natively access Facebook contacts and use the Facebook login. Which has kind of already been in the product.

Facebook already has Skype built in, and using the website and the Facebook plugin, people have been able to do Facebook to Facebook video/chat for a while now.

No Linux love? I don't really care about the FB stuff, but it would be nice if Skype released a client that allowed me to change between webcams and integrates natively with Unity without extra 3rd party Python scripts.

ShMaunder said,
No Linux love? I don't really care about the FB stuff

you dont care about the fb stuff, they dont care about linux