Skype for Windows 5.0 has been announced, with built-in Facebook news feed, phonebook and an overhauled user interface.
The world-wide communications platform hopes that the integration of social networking from Facebook will enhance its offering and help it grow.
The new Skype for Windows also brings a 'revitalised' look for its familiar video and audio calls and instant messaging and crucially the much vaunted group video calling (in open beta).
Skype explained, "the Facebook integration makes Skype even more social. For the first time Skype users can keep up-to-date and interact with their Facebook News Feed, including posting status updates, commenting, and liking, directly from Skype."
Skype continued to say, " what's even better is, the Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines with just a few clicks.
"If your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact, you can make a free Skype-to-Skype call."
According to Skype, 40 per cent of all Skype to Skype minutes in the first half of 2010 were video calls and the arrival of group calls could well increase that.
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