Skype’s Blog today announces a feature for to the native Skype client for Mac & Windows – support for Facebook-to-Facebook video calling! The new feature is available now with the launch of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows.
From the blog post:
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.
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.
Additional new features include video rendering to give a smoother video experience for Mac users, and group screen sharing for Windows users with a Premium subscription (group screen sharing is already available for Mac users). Also, users who are chatting one-to-one will be able to screen share with live video streaming.