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Skype 5.0 Brings Facebook To Your Virtual Phone

Skype and Facebook have already been dancing around one another with the recent addition of Skype features to the Facebook site, but with the release of the new version of Skype today, we find that it was definitely a two way street of love between the two companies.

Skype 5.0 for Windows launched today, and with it came Facebook Connect integration.  You can now keep track of your Facebook news feed from right inside of Skype as well as do the usual commenting, Like and so on.  The added bonus is you can also SMS and/or call those that have phone numbers listed on their accounts with the social network.

skype-logoWhile Skype did some things for itself, like adding group video chats, the Facebook integration is the most intriguing. No one knows how much crossover there is between Facebook’s 500 million users and Skype’s 560 million users, but there is sure to be some new users for both services after this. I do think Skype is the bigger winner, however. Now you have a defacto client for keeping up with Facebook activities in a program that most people have turned on the entire time they have their computer on. Why bother going to the website any more when you can do it all from this one window?

“We’re bringing the social elements of Facebook together with the deeper communication aspects of Skype in a single place,” said Mike Bartlett, Skype’s director of product development told The Guardian.

It is also well-known that Skype is working towards an IPO (Initial Public Offering) of common stock, and being able to show such tight integration with the hottest site on the Web right now surely will help raise some interest in the shares.

Facebook is slowly showing up in every aspect of the Web, so we can’t say we’re surprised by this move, but it is certainly one of the more welcome integrations of their technology, I feel.

What say you?  Facebook in your Skype a good or bad idea?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...