Earlier this year, Skype announced that its instant messenger program would have Facebook integration, where users will be able to add friends from Facebook, update their statuses, and even check updates. Skype was released with those features, and it seems that it isn’t enough. Skype has officially announced on its blog the release of the latest beta of Skype for Windows: version 5.5.

The latest version of Skype now has Facebook Instant Messaging: users can chat with their Facebook friends directly from Skype itself: no more loading up the web browser or a third party app just to chat on Facebook – do it all from Skype itself.

Facebook Contacts Tab: a new tab within Skype that is dedicated to listing your Facebook contact list

“Like” and comment on Facebook posts: just like chatting from within Skype itself, users can now comment and even “Like” news and updates without leaving Skype.

Other non-Facebook improvements include: a new call control toolbar with redesigned graphic icons, improvements to the saving of a phone number in the “Call Phones” section, visual improvements to placing a call on hold.

If you’re interested in trying out all the new features, head to the Official Skype website to download Skype 5.5 Beta (Windows only). For the less adventurous, there’s no harm in waiting for the final release of the app to drop before updating.

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