Staying true to a promise the company made back in July, Skype has now introduced Facebook video calling to its beta applications for both Mac and PC. Skype 5.4 beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 beta for Windows now provide users with a new way to connect with their friends and family by offering Facebook-to-Facebook video calls from directly within the application.
Skype announced the new feature in a post on its blog, in which it also notes its mission to connect over one billion people:
We are on a mission to connect over one billion people and our continued partnership with Facebook brings us one step closer to this goal.
Skype’s blog post also provides a short how-to for video calling your friends on Facebook, and highlights the benefits of the new service:
Initiating a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype is quite easy; all you need to do is connect your Skype and Facebook accounts. Then, select a Facebook friend and hit the video call button in Skype- your friend simply picks up the call from Facebook. This new feature lets you maintain social connections with your Facebook friends and compliments previously announced features such as being able to see when your Facebook friends are online, read their status updates and IM them all from Skype.
In addition to the introduction of Facebook video calling, the latest Skype beta applications also include video rendering for Mac users, which promises to give you a smoother video experience; and group screen sharing for Windows users with a premium subscription.
Have you tried Facebook video calling through Skype?