Facebook joins forces with Skype

October 18, 2010

Skype and Facebook have joined forces to let users of the popular internet communications service chat with their friends on the booming social network.

The new Skype version 5.0 for Windows includes a Facebook tab and integrates Facebook's news feed and phonebook into Skype, the Luxembourg-based Skype said in a statement on Thursday.

Skype users can call Facebook friends directly on mobile or landline phones, send SMS messages or make free Skype-to-Skype calls to Facebook friends who are also Skype users, it said.

They can also post status updates to Facebook that can be synched with Skype "mood" messages and they can comment on Facebook friends' updates and wall posts.

"We're working with companies such as Skype to make it easy to find your friends anytime you want to connect," said Ethan Beard, director of the Facebook Developer Network.

Skype has also added a new group video-calling feature and "automatic call recovery", which helps reconnect calls interrupted due to internet connection problems.

Skype said video-calling accounted for about 40 per cent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes in the first half of the year.

Skype, founded in 2003, bypasses the standard telephone network by channelling voice, video and text conversations over the internet.

The company announced plans in August to raise up to $US100 million ($A101.15 million) dollars in shares by listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange.