The new beta of Skype for Mac and Windows integrates with Facebook to allow video calling between two people. As part of Skype’s new partnership with Facebook, users can access their friends’ Facebook status updates and messages within the Skype app.
From the Skype blog:
Back in July, Facebook video calling powered by Skype was launched. Today we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Facebook has reached yet another milestone with the launch of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows allowing you to conduct a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype. This new development in the Skype-Facebook partnership is the latest example of how Skype is removing communication barriers and making it easier to connect with friends, family and business colleagues. Our approach to social is about personal connections with 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.
Once a user’s Facebook account is connected with the newest beta of Skype, the social network is integrated into the Skype interface. Calling a friend from the Facebook list will automatically interconnect Skype and Facebook’s web video interface for the other user. Facebook’s video chat service is based off Skype, so the integration makes sense.
A “smoother video experience” for Mac users has also been added in the latest Skype beta. You can download Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and try the Facebook integration today.