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Skype 5 Launched With Facebook Integration

Skype has released the fifth version of its popular internet telephony tool, now set to allow users to conduct a video conference with 10 people at the same time and offer Facebook integration.

The highly anticipated Facebook integration will allow users to call anyone from their friend list who has listed their phone number on the social network by using Skype 5. This can happen once they have synced the client with their Facebook account and copied their Skype status message on their Facebook profile.

Mike Bartlett, Skype’s director of product management, said in a statement to The Telegraph: “We have seen Facebook growing hugely as a social platform and we wanted to strike the balance between our calling capabilities and social capabilities – which we believe this partnership will do.”

Other new features on Skype 5 are designed add a social networking element to the client, apart from the Facebook integration. Features like file-sharing, SMS and screen sharing have been moved to the home tab for better visibility.

Some of the social elements added include the ability to set status updates called 'mood messages' and a news feed that will present a list of status messages posted by users' friends.