Apparently Bing isn't the only one getting cozy with Facebook. Skype 5.0 for Windows (released yesterday) dedicates an entire tab to the social network, alllowing users to Skype call, chat or SMS their Facebook friends right from the news feed:
Skype 5.0 for Windows screenshot
As you can see, the integration allows Skype to display a feed that looks almost identical to the way you'd see it if you were logged into your Facebook account, except that below each status update (for the friends that have included their phone number in their profile) live a couple of buttons for SMS and calling.
If the Facebook friend is also a friend on Skype, you’ll be able call them for free. And, you can post status updates that can be synced with your Skype mood message, as well as comment and "like" friends’ updates and wall posts, right inside the feed as well.
This integration is the second notable move from Facebook this week. The platform chose Microsoft's Bing over Google for the social search movement.
"They're just trying to rapidly gain share by doing awesome stuff," said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, of Microsoft. "They're really the underdog here."
Social networking aside, Skype 5.0 has been a long-awaited release. The platform features 10-way group video calling, enhanced contact lists, detailed profiles and a snazzier user experience. Check out Skype's Head of Consumer Products, Rick Osterloh, on the updates:
These changes will all work to push Skype deeper in the primary communications and, now, connections pool. Following several critical business moves, including filing for an IPO and a new partnership, we think it's safe to say Skype means serious business.
All you Windows users, head over here to download. Apple kids, sorry for ya. Though the 5.0 goodness is heading your way, no dates have been secured.