As competition heats up for how we communicate with each other over the internet, Skype has re-launched its app for PC, bringing with it some much-wanted features such as Facebook integration and a new group video calling option.
At a glance:
- The integration of the Facebook News Feed and Phonebook in Skype makes it easier to stay connected with the people and communities you care about.
- A revitalised look and feel makes voice and video calling, instant messaging, screen sharing, file sharing and more, intuitive and easy to navigate.
- Skype users can now bring even more of their family and friends together with the new group video calling feature available in open beta.
Skype says that video calling accounted for approximately 40% of all Skype-to-Skype minutes in the first half of 2010. People who download the new Skype will receive a free trial of the group video calling beta.
“With the new Skype, we’ve simplified the user interface to provide a clean and more powerful communications experience,” the company explains. “When you initiate a voice or video call with someone, users are provided a more immersive call experience that reduces distraction. It’s also faster to find existing contacts with pictures and avatars displayed next to contact names along with mood messages, and easier to find new contacts with real-time search.”
The new Skype also introduces automatic call recovery, a call quality manager and better guidance on resolving problems.
We've contacted Skype regarding plans to update the firm's range of smartphone apps.