Skype Partners With Facebook

You can now call 'friends' via Skype, video chat in groups
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2010 12:29 AM CDT
Skype introduces its partnership with Facebook.   (Screen grab)

(Newser) – Skype just got a lot more social. The voice and video calling service has announced a new partnership with Facebook, reports CNN. The new service will allow you to see your Facebook "news feed" while you Skype, and give users the ability to call 'friends' who use "Facebook Phone" via a single click. Also new: group video chat, which Skype says will be free for now but eventually will be fee-based.

The goal is to "make it easy to find your friends anytime you want to connect," says a rep from the social networking site. Skype's latest iteration, which is now available for download, is designed for Windows. No word yet on whether or not Mac and Linux versions will follow. The Facebook integration comes as Skype gears up for a $100 million share issue, notes the BBC. Click here to watch Skype's announcement and here to read how Google is taking on Skype.

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