Skype has announced that a new version (version 6) of the instant message and communications application has been launched for Windows and Mac. A number of changes have beem made and new additions implemented, which will also make use of Facebook account integration.
“Sign up and sign-in is easier than ever. You can now sign into Skype using your Microsoft or Facebook account – there’s no need to create a new Skype account. This makes it even easier to connect with friends on Skype without having to set up another account,” Skype said in a statement.
By making use of the Windows or Facebook account integration, users will be able to instant messenger their Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts through Skype, and users will also be able to merge their Skype and Microsoft account – just by signing in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
Skype has also updated the calling feature. “We’re working on polishing a feature which will enable audio and video calls to Windows Live Messenger customers using Skype desktop clients. The feature will be available in coming weeks.”
Detailed changes, as quoted by Skype, for Windows include:
Skype localized to six more languages
We are excited to support our growing community around the world with new localized versions of Skype in Thai, Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Catalan and Slovak, bringing the total languages Skype supports to 38.
Visual user interface refresh
We have refreshed and flattened the Skype UI with a simpler and less cluttered look. We have updated the look of the instant messaging and SMS areas as well.
Removal of online user count
We have removed the online user counter at the bottom of your Skype Contacts list to unclutter the UI and make more space for your friends within the contacts list.
Display previously created profile pictures
When you change your profile picture, we will now show you all of your previous Skype profile pictures so you do not have to look through old files if you want to use a previous image.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our product. To that end we are adding additional “opt-in” telemetry reports for users who choose this option: “Tools>> Options>>Advanced>>Tick “Help improve Skype…” The reports may contain your Skype ID and or Microsoft Account ID, but we will not use it to identify or contact you.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor