Today on Skype’s blog they announced a new version of Skype, which is still in beta, for both Mac and Windows users. The biggest change in this new version is tremendous integration with Facebook. Now when you start up Skype for the first time it will ask if you want to connect to Facebook, and if you decide to do so, then all of your Facebook contacts currently online, appear in your Skype contacts. This allows you to Skype with your Facebook contacts without loading Facebook. When you place the call, the video window will open up in Facebook for the other person. You can even see you wall in Skype as well!
While some people will not like Skype having access to your wall, contacts etc, there are big benefits other than the Facebook integration. For those running Mac, be amazed now as this version has been redone to improve video quality, and for Windows users the ability to group screen share is now available (with a Premium subscription). Both platforms also now have the ability to stream your webcam as you screen share. Before this version when you screen shared, you could not stream your video at the same time, well no more!
Download Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac OS X
Download Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows
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