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Those who download Skype 5.5 Beta for Windows will be able to instant message Facebook friends, as well as "like" and comment on a Facebook status.
The newest beta of Skype 5.0 lets you video chat with up to 10 people, send an IM to someone who's offline, and better recover from dropped calls.
The wide-ranging partnership will include integration of SMS, voice chat, and Facebook Connect, sources tell All Things Digital.
Microsoft is beta testing a version of Skype that will work from a variety of browsers, and which ultimately will alleviate the need for Skype app or plug-in downloads.
A Skype for Windows Phone update integrates the virtual assistant. You can make a call by saying. "Skype, get Mom on the screen," Microsoft says.
Skype Translator currently supports about 40 languages and is expected to roll out later this year as a Windows 8 beta.
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Although the official launch is still to come, Skype invites users on three platforms to test a new video-messaging feature.
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Baked into Skype's mobile and desktop apps, the new video-messaging feature has emerged from beta mode and is now available for everyone.