The new version of Skype was announced today, complete with several features you’re going to love. The company announced that the new version of Skype 5.0 for Windows will include a deep Facebook integration. Additionally, you will receive a free trial of the new group video calling function. The new version of Skype also features automatic call recovery, which helps you immediately reconnect calls that are interrupted due to Internet connection problems. Add in an overhauled UI, and you have the makings of a serious VoIP client.
After logging in via Facebook Connect, you’ll be able to see your Facebook News Feed with the Skype interface, post status updates that can be synced with your Skype mood message and comment and like friends’ updates and wall posts. In terms of actual integration with the VoIP end of things, you can now call and SMS your Facebook friends on their mobile phones and landlines from Skype. You can also make a make a free Skype-to-Skype call if your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact.
As of now, Skype has about 560 million registered users. Add to that the bajillions who use Facebook, and you have the makings for a beautiful friendship. It’s a no-brainer… not everyone on FB uses Skype, and not everyone on Skype uses FB. What better way to convince them to join up than by adding in an excellent and simple interface to connect the two together? It sounds like a match made in Heaven to me.
What are your thoughts? Will you connect your Facebook to your Skype account? Do you think the new features are something people will enjoy… or come to hate?