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Skype 5.0 for Windows busts out of beta, integrates your Facebook friends

Posted by yoMcLovin on October 14, 2010

Nope, it’s not a Facebook “phone,” but it’s probably the closest you’re gonna get to one right now. Skype has just unleashed the no-longer-in-beta version of its 5.0 Windows software, and not only has it drastically tided up the interface, but just like the rumor said, it’s taken advantage of Facebook Connect in a big way. The new version, still has a familiar look and feel, but the most noticeable changes are the addition of photos to the contacts list and the new Facebook tab. Logging into your Facebook account within the program populates your regular News Feed, but also attaches Skype call / SMS buttons next to friends that have either their Skype handles or mobile phone numbers listed on Facebook. Hit one of the buttons and you’re, well, connected! There’s also an option to view your Facebook Phonebook, which basically lists all your contacts’ mobile phone numbers — though, oddly, it doesn’t list Skype handles within that area. Of course, the final version still allows for 10-way video calls and includes the automatic call recovery feature, which brilliantly reconnects dropped calls as if the drop didn’t really happen. If and when these features will hit Skype’s mobile version, your guess is as good as ours — a company spokesperson told us there’s nothing to talk about on that end right now. Of course, we could go on and on about the new software, or you could hit the source link, download it yourself, and let us know what you think about it below.

Update: Skype says the source link should work — even though it says it’s Skype 4.2, the software is 5.0.

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Skype has some competition as Google Inc. new VIOP services

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 26, 2010

Hello, Skype, is Google there?

Google Inc. said that users of Gmail will now be able to call telephones directly from their e-mail, putting it in direct competition with Web calling service Skype and companies such as AT&T Inc.  

While Google had already offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services; starting yesterday, it said that it will allow calls to home phones and mobile phones directly from Gmail for the first time.

Google promised free calls to U.S. and Canadian phones from Gmail for the rest of this year and said that it would charge low rates for calls made to other countries.

For example, it said that calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China and Japan would be as low as two cents per minute.

Google also said that making a call works like a normal phone, in that a user could click on the “call phone” option in their chat buddy list and type the number or enter a contact’s name.

Skype, owned by private equity firms and eBay Inc., has long allowed consumers to make phone calls from computers, as well as computer-to-computer voice and video calls. Skype said it aims to raise as much as $100 million in a public share offering.

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