Skype New Version 5.5 for Deeper Facebook integration

Skype just released its new production version 5.5

Upgrade now and take advantage of these new features and improvements.

Skype to Facebook instant messaging
New and updated emoticons
New login experience
Improved call controls
Improved video calling reliability
Simplified installer flow
Avatar selection improved
Video snapshot capture improvements
Changed group conversations profile area
Plus several bug fixes

Supertintin also released a new update which is fully compatible with Skype 5.5 to Record Skype video calls.

Please let us know what you think about this new version of Skype by discussing on our Support Network – and if you should see any strange behavior on Skype please let us know by filing a report on our public issue tracker.

Detailed descriptions of the main improvements:

Facebook integration
Now when you connect to Facebook you can see when your Facebook friends are online and IM with them directly from Skype. In addition you can view and update your Skype Mood Message and Facebook status and even view comments or ‘like’ posts from your Facebook wall, directly from Skype Home. You can now also set specific notification settings for your Facebook friends, which is a new update since the Skype 5.5 Beta.

New and updated emoticons
Being one of the most popular requests, we have introduced a set of new emoticons and changed around the order of the existing ones. Type into Skype (facepalm), (highfive), (lalala), (tumbleweed), (wfh), (fingerscrossed) and (waiting) to see the new members of the emoticon family. In addition these 7 new emoticons we have reanimated the old emoticons to give them a fresh new look!

Improved call controls
We have made numerous design modifications to the call controls to reduce the number of buttons available when making a call, thus making the overall experience simpler. Also, we have added a ‘+’ menu which includes all of the extra call features available – like Screen Sharing or sending a file.

Improved video calling reliability
In this version we have made numerous ‘under the hood’ updates to our video engine to improve its reliability. We have reduced the amount of graphic card resources needed for video calls and improved support for older cards, especially for users with SiS graphics cards.

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