Monday, September 19, 2011

Skype Update for Mac Users

On Thursday, September 15, Skype introduced its users to an interesting new update. The update allows all beta Mac users to utilize Facebook integration, an ability that has already been available to Windows PC users for a while.

“We now release updates for Skype for Mac quicker than ever before,” said Skype in a blog post. “We've released a number of updates in 2011 which included, amongst other features, a brand new interface, video call control bar and HD-quality video calling.”

"Just like in our Windows client, you will now be able to IM and connect with your Facebook friends without leaving Skype. You will also be able to read and update your News Feed, as well as comment and 'Like' your Facebook friends' posts - all within Skype for Mac."

It’s really easy to set up the Facebook integration. All you have to do is sign into Skype, click the “Connect to Facebook” tab and then enter your Facebook details. It’s that easy!

The Facebook integration feature for Windows was introduced to users in October 2010. When Skype added that feature, they also added “Facebook Phonebook.” The Facebook Phonebook feature allows users to call and text their Facebook friends from their mobile phones and landlines with just a few clicks. Skype also allows users whose Facebook friends are also on Skype to make Skype-to-Skype calls for free.

All of this follows the Facebook-introduced video calling with Skype which was released about two months ago. Skype CEO Tony Bates stated in July that the company has been working on the Skype and Facebook integration for about six months now. Skype has a goal of one billion users and Bates says that he believes that the Facebook video calling via Skype will “help us get there.” He continued saying, "We want to be as ubiquitous as possible."

The Skype blog also stated, “We are also introducing an advertising platform in this new release, but if you are a paying Skype consumer or have Skype Credit, you won't see any display ads; similar to the model that is currently being used in our Skype for Windows client.”

If you’re a Mac user and you want Facebook functionality, Skype 5.4 is just for you. It is now available for download.

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