Skype 5.5 for Windows was officially released Wednesday after being available in beta form, and the Internet calling software and the social network continue to become more intertwined.
A major addition in this version is the new Facebook tab, which provides easy access to your Facebook news stream. You can check what’s going on with your friends, add comments and update your own status, all within Skype. And another click gives access to your phonebook, from where you can text or call your Facebook friends (free of charge, if they’re also Skype users, potentially a real money-saver).
The program also currently includes a free trial of the group video calling feature, currently in beta. This lets you have a video chat with more than two people, intelligently moving the focus to the person who’s speaking so it’s easy to follow the conversation.