Microsoft launches Skype-Facebook integration


Microsoft has further developed its partnership with Facebook with the launch of Facebook-to-Facebook video calling from within Skype.

Part of the new Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and 5.7 Beta for Windows software, the technology giant has said that the development underlines its commitment to removing communication barriers.

Other new features in the release include the ability of users to see when their Facebook friends are online, read their status updates and instant message them, all from Skype.

In a blog post, developer Rick Osterloh said that Microsoft and the internet communication firm 'are on a mission to connect over one billion people', adding that its 'continued partnership with Facebook brings us one step closer to this goal'.

'Our approach to social is about personal connections with people,' he continued.

Microsoft completed its $8.5 billion (£5.3 billion) acquisition of Skype in October this year after boards of directors from both companies approved the agreement.