Skype, which is gearing up for an initial public offering, has launched the latest version of its desktop client with new look and feel and much awaited group video calling and facebook integration.
Few other changes that are included in this release is First, Skype tackled the overall user experience of the software. The new Home page integrates a feed of mood messages from your contacts and yourself.
With the new Version of Skype 5, integration with Facebook has also gone way better with which you can check your Facebook News Feeds & updates in Skype itself. You can also update your status from Skype and the best feature is calling or texting your Facebook friends on their mobile phones and landlines and that too free if your facebook friend has a Skype contact address. The new version is presently available for windows only with Mac version already in the works to be released soon.
Skype, which is gearing up for an IPO has become increasingly profitable. It has about 560 million registered users, 124 million monthly users as of June 2010 and 8.1 million paying users. The desktop client is still seen as the “bread and butter” of its business.
Below is a small video by Rick Osterloh, Head of consumer products giving an overview of the new Skype integration with Facebook.